Inside the Fence and Beyond Episode V Final

thanks so much for watching inside the
fence and beyond I’m Mark Vernarelli for the Maryland Department of Public Safety
and Correctional Services almost 11,000 men and women working hard every day to
keep us safe here in the state of Maryland you know you don’t hear a whole
lot about what they do are the positive things they do that’s what this program
is all about coming up see how two agencies are turning cruising across one
County into a successful crime-fighting tool hi I’m Michael Kelly and I’m here
with Maryland governor Larry Hogan to urge you to speak to your kids about
opioid and heroin addiction this is having a devastating effect right here
at home in Maryland and on our nation it affects all ages and demographics please
go to MD destination or call one eight hundred four two two zero
zero zero nine for treatment resources before it’s too late the Maryland division of parole and
probation is a very important unit within the Department of Public Safety
and Correctional Services about 1,100 men and women working in all corners of
the state from Oakland to Elkton Prince Frederick to Ocean City and everywhere
in between there’s at least one office in every
jurisdiction in Maryland and the larger jurisdictions have several parole and
probation offices normally people under supervision come to their agent they
come to the parole and probation office to be supervised but not always
sometimes the agents come to them veteran parole and probation agent
Heather Hall isn’t reporting for work at the Salisbury parole and probation
office today instead she’s hitting the road with
deputy first class Aaron Haller of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office for a
day of compliance checks on wicomico county sex offenders we’re gonna go do
home visits with Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office with the deputy
assigned to the sex offender caseload the sex offender registry and we’re
gonna check on their compliance to make sure they’re home with addresses that
they give to us and that they truly do live there and make sure that they’re in
compliance with any special conditions they have that we can observe freely at
the home all over the state for various types of offenders parole and probation
agents routinely do home visits in addition to the reporting at the office
which brings offenders to them all right so we’ll see you around noon sometimes agents go with police officers
or sheriff’s deputies agent halls partnership with the Wicomico County
Sheriff’s Office has produced an outstanding working relationship so a
blessing in disguise the officers are on the road 24/7 where
we are not and there’s more them than there are of us so it’s great to have
that second set of eyes that sees our offenders they know who they are and
they’ll share information with us of what they’ve seen any interactions
they’ve had so sometimes it allows us to cut off any problems that are kind of
arising before they happen and get the person back on the right track instead
of it being too late and there’s nothing we can do but you know take court action
it’s a great partnership what we have is we have a collaboration of two agencies
that come together and then we share information the information sharing is
probably key to what we do you know so we go to these these meetings once a
month and and it’s where we just you know we learn things that we didn’t may
not have known and they and we share information with the other day they may
not have known about someone so it helps us out all around agent Hall does as
many as 50 home visits every month each one an opportunity to impress upon the
offender the importance of remaining compliant under parole and probation
supervision this man for example is trying to get a job driving cars between
auto dealerships but because Virginia and Delaware are so close to Salisbury
agent Hall has to remind him he’d have to get special permission before
traveling out of state with each visit agent Hall and deputy first class Haller
have learned to be hyper vigilant to look for signs that the offender is for
example using drugs or living with children an automatic violation for some
whose court orders prohibit contact with no changes but you’re observant you can
tell right away if something’s not right yeah sure and we don’t go searching and
digging through their stuff but we do walk around and see to make sure that
they are truly living there you know they have toothbrush in the bathroom
there’s a bed that they’re sleeping on it’s a legitimate address we’ve had
people that have put in fake addresses you know they say they want to live Adam
yeah sure getting verification it’s a much bigger
deal for us than people realize and you said you already have one guy at least
one guy living in a hotel right I have a couple better living in hotels living in
hotels is exactly the plight of one particular offender on today’s
visitation list at this motel the law enforcement team learns that he has just
checked out so where is our guy now alright gentlemen just check out of the
hotel room Social Services had paid for the room and the woman that he was
staying with her minor daughter as well and he’s not allowed to have any minors
he’ll be violated for that and may face graduated sanctions or potential jail
time but for the most part sex offenders are compliant even the hotel guy has
always notified law enforcement every time he’s moved around but not all
offenders that agents and their law enforcement partners visit were actually
convicted of a sex crime some pled guilty to assault for example but
because the crime was sexual in nature agent Hall and DFC Haller supervise them
as sex offenders in some of those cases the offender’s own family doesn’t even
know initially what their loved one is on supervision for I’ve shared up with
people and the family doesn’t have any idea
you know they it’s an elderly mother or grandmother that’s this living they’re
like oh my gosh need one here and it’s my control this is why you know and said
they didn’t even know agent halls caseload includes mostly men but there
are some women and they represent all ages and races this partnership is not
just about violating people it’s about trying to help those who truly want to
change we try to help them help themselves our goal is for them to be a
better person the day we closed their case than they were the day they walked
in that they have the goals and triggers to be a productive member of society not
just continue that pattern of recidivism into the jail system
great job by agent Hall and all of the hard-working parole and probation
employees in the state of Maryland and thanks the Wicomico County Sheriff’s
Department for their partnership which has worked out so well I’m mark vernarelli thanks for watching inside the fence and beyond more interesting
stories coming up up next Public Safety is pulling out all the stops to keep the stops to keep the citizens of Maryland safe well Thomas you’ve got pre-diabetes but with more
exercise than a change in diet it can be reversed
I’ve tried exercising it it just makes me hungry for bacon I love bacon too
and who really likes to exercise not me so we’re good
what oh you still have pre-diabetes big time in any industry most of the folks
are hardworking dedicated committed to honesty and integrity but in Corrections
for all information and all the fields within the Department of Public Safety
and Correctional Services there are a very very few people who are corrupt and
routing them out has been a hallmark of this administration from the first day
of our administration our team has been diligently working to root out
wrongdoing and corruption no matter where it’s taking place including
in our state prisons and throughout our correctional system that intensive
effort to root out corruption has resulted in more than 100 arrests of
correctional officers inmates and outside facilitators and in the seizure
of thousands of dollars in cash drugs and weapons
most recently 18 people were indicted in a plot to smuggle contraband into Jessop
Correctional Institution a maximum-security prison six inmates and
10 outside facilitators charges in the indictment include conspiracy to
distribute controlled dangerous substances conspiracy to commit bribery
bribery and the smuggling of contraband into Maryland correctional institutions
corruption in our system by any officer endangers the lives and safety of
everyone they work alongside look at these two outstanding officers on this
stage with us today and the others around the room they are the good
officers who do great work every single day and when we will not let those who
live by the of they took to protect the public our staff and those in our
custody to be put in harm’s way by those
unwilling to live up to that promise of particular concern these days is
suboxone which now comes in strips that look like breath mints if you take the
value of one suboxone strip illegal illegally being sold on the streets in
Baltimore goes for about five hours inside a prison it goes for about $500
you’re talking about a thirty thousand dollar you know a month operation here
the anti-corruption effort has also included massive funding for new
equipment including scanners that can locate the smallest cell phones that
contain practically no metal to work with state’s attorneys in order
to help coordinate criminal cases against corruption and criminal activity
in our prison in our prisons deputy secretary Mike Ziegler says the most
important thing to remember is that only a tiny number of correctional employees
are corrupt ninety nine for support novice our employees are really good
employees they come to work every day they do the job like they’re supposed to
but there’s a small number that just shouldn’t be here and we’re looking
through tight they’re small that small number of people who shouldn’t be here
and we keep hearing it from the good officers that you know keep doing what
you’re doing and they constantly come to us and thank us what we’re doing even
after one of the major indictments they’ve had I went into one of the rooms
and all of the caseworkers were just clapping and they were so glad that we
have close to six thousand correctional officers who tirelessly work 24 hours a
day seven days a week 365 days a year who we will support by going after those
unwilling to live up to their commitment our correctional officers have one of
the most difficult jobs in all of Public Safety and we will not let depraved
criminal behavior of the partners the great work of the other nearly 6000
dedicated officers who are honest hard-working and who serve the citizens
of our state with a distinction each and every day I’m sherry ellika reporting
thanks for watching inside the fence and beyond I’m Marc Vernarelli for the
Maryland Department of Pub lic Safety and Correctional Services more positive
stories coming up next coming up next reading writing and
arithmetic in schools what about calisthenics and combat
fighting I understand I know it’s not your typical resume okay well and a date but I’ve been working double
shifts just to pay for books I’ve been raising my two little brothers I’m
determined driven motivated isn’t that what you’re looking for look beyond the
resume and discover new ways to develop great talent at grads of life dork
welcome back to inside defense and beyond I’m mark vernarelii for the
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Hagerstown
Maryland is one of the very important prison hubs for the Department of Public
Safety and Correctional Services we operate three large prisons just south
of Hagerstown on Roxbury Road and that means more than a thousand jobs right
there in that one spot so how do you get young people interested in those jobs
well the Washington County public school system has a very innovative program
that the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is now working
with to do just that this doesn’t look like a typical high school classroom and
it’s not these students juniors and seniors from
Washington County Public Schools have earned a spot here service Academy where
the focus is on learning skills for a career after high school skills needed
for jobs in emergency management law enforcement Corrections maybe they’ll
work for the Homeland Security Department and they’re learning from
professionals from Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional
Services Special Operations Group we come out here every Friday and we teach
them basic defensive tactics skill sets they’re going to need for going into the
military at all horsemen Corrections lose these kids that are in this program
that’s where they’re going to do it their interest in the enforcement but we
give them ground fighting basic ground fighting skills choke defenses knife
defenses handcuffing this group that ends the regular Technical High School
and this public service Academy on alternating days during the week they’ll
get the reading riting and rithmetic but also first aid cyber skills and takedown
techniques these are our future police officers EMTs and correctional officers go into corrections this is just a
really good program where we get the experience before we actually go in it’s
real life so we all have the same hopes here we all are interested in law
enforcement and criminal justice so it’s a really good environment to learn and
practice and to be humiliated with all the certain aspects that you will
you try to keep it light spirited I guess but there’s definitely a serious
aspect to it I do when I teach defensive tactics I do what I call tie-ins to
where I’m not just teaching a technique or a takeaway out teaching the technique
of sharing the technique I’ll watch them do it and then I’ll sit them down and
I’ll explain to them coming from the law enforcement aspect why it’s important to
me and how I think it could help them or how I know in fact it’s helping another
officer another friend of mine which I have a personal friend of mine who
almost saw his life flashed before his eyes but because of the techniques that
we’ve showed him and he knew he was able to save his own life so and that makes
you feel pretty good coming in here and knowing that you’re teaching young kids
how to defend themselves while other teenagers may be stuck in a regular
classroom today this group is practicing DTS defensive tactics and using rubber
knives that simulate being cut if you get buzzed by that blade that means that
you got cut you’re learning how to defend themselves and how to control
someone in a future encounter maybe on the side of the road an accident scene
or maybe inside of a prison these kids are hand-picked they might
have 300 kids put in to be in this program and 4050 get picked for so
they’re hand-picked kids that are of interest in law enforcement students who
attend this public service Academy in Washington County are learning
specialized skills that they can use if they decide to become correction
officers at one of the three Maryland state prisons here in Hagerstown things
like how to put on handcuffs remain without the practices going back
and forth between your secret partners here and again went to the bar it’s
extremely okay that hole is bicep and properly later that’s well and properly
so when you’re asked for somebody that’s a lot of people do that rip your own way
it’s easy to do it you get that secretive in there so and it doesn’t
seem like God to hold on to you and you’re not sweet do something 95 jobs
I saw myself doing something in criminal justice or Homeland Security so I came
here to see what it’s all about a challenging time to choose the path to
a public safety career police and all forms of law enforcement professionals
are finding themselves in the spotlight the actions of a few police impacting
the perception of all there’s a lot of bad stigma out there against law
enforcement there’s going to be the bad apples but you have
to look at the bigger picture without law enforcement about Homeland Security
it would be a terrible place but this public service Academy gives students
the chance to achieve Heights they never imagined possible in Hagerstown
I’m Brenda Carl reporting who knows maybe some of those young men and women
will one day put on a correctional officers uniform and work for the
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services I’m mark vernarelli thanks a lot for watching inside the fence and beyond we’ll be right back
in a moment they say you can teach an old dog new
tricks but what can forces teach criminal offenders find out when we come
back we are public safety stands strong with
us Oh welcome back to inside the fence and beyond I’m mark vernarelli for
the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services joined by my
colleague Renata Seergae and here we are at a horse farm second chances farm
that is tended by inmates or not attended by inmates and there are a lot
of thoroughbred horses who are rolling around the pastures here but the guys
who tend to them aren’t trying to win a race they’re actually trying to win it
life message within the farmlands of Carroll County Maryland there exists a
place that may not get second glances but where second chances are the name of
the game he’s learning boundaries just like the rest of us here he for retired
thoroughbred horses and humans who just happened to be incarcerated at Central
Maryland Correctional Facility freedom this is peace of mind this is what God
intended you to be not locked up but but free to roam around and do things
Clarence is learning how to care for these gentle giants learning to groom
and care for the basic needs of horses is only the beginning other life skills
is empathy being empathetic and caring for one another
and not jumping off the handle when learning how to control anger and
learning more patience about dealing with with other individuals as well as
the animals other inmates folks can come to a learn a skill that’s
really my priority as a vocational program for sure in terms of getting
them job ready potentially and it’s not just job ready for horses it would be
job ready for any job so it’s about accountability responsibility routine a
sense of ownership of pride for a job sarah Stein and one correctional officer
are the only paid staff on the farm the program relies heavily on volunteers
this is I find as beneficial to me as it is to the men I truly enjoy coming out
and I look forward to the hours and the days that I’m out here I think that
there’s such a positive response that they get from the horses when they do
something right the horses instantly do what they’re supposed to do and I think
that is just more than humans can teach humans
there’s something for me there’s something spiritual / mystical about
horses and the combination with encouraging the incarcerated or the
persons that get into the program and how that can affect their life was just
a win-win for me I just thought this is perfect how can you beat it horses and
helping human beings truly honestly genuinely can tell you that I couldn’t
do this program without them and I could show up every day there’s no question
and I can do my teaching but they offer a dimension that again allows the guys
to interact with other people my volunteers have the same relationship
with these men that they have with other people on the outside there’s no
discerning it’s not that they’re incarcerated and they’ve treated any
differently which is really important to me as part of this environment so people
will say I’m not terribly horsey but I do this I say bring that that’s
fantastic if someone wants to come talk about life skills that’s fantastic to me
it doesn’t have to be horse related the guys can relate to what they hear and
they can bring it to the horses it still will be incorporated in the program I
know the jail is a different kind of place they come out here it’s just they
can get away and I know that feeling because I know like if I’m having a bad
day or roughly go to the barn and you don’t think about anything else you’re
in your own world and so this is like the route escape you can think about
things in peace you can talk to the horses and so I’ve really enjoyed seeing
these horses get to help them and then having these horses have a great home to
retire to to be well cared for it’s truly a sanctuary out here so it’s
pretty cool to see the guys that come here from the beginning and watch them
go through the program to the end where they graduate it’s a big deal here we
make it a big deal and I just I love the fact that we’re saving lives as well as
the guys divorces and everyone around it’s a great program forces particularly
thoroughbreds reflect who you are and I’ve seen that I knew that but I’ve seen
it at work and I think that that’s like a great gift for someone to say you know
I got to think about things a little differently as they’re working on this
horse and it’s true horses make you reflective because real quickly you
cannot win an argument with an 1100 pound animal and I’m not gonna change
people’s lives necessarily I’m not gonna make them behave differently I’m not
going to change their thinking but there is an opportunity for them to do that
for themselves here and the guys who get that and want that utilize this place
that way this barn and these horses are really the opportunity I’m just a
facilitator which is why some attention Alex Wooten took the opportunity by the
ranks he graduated from the program was released from prison and is now working
professionally with courses at a racetrack you learned a lot about
yourself because in that conversation you’re thinking well what does we don’t
what are we doing where are we going what am I trying to do I’m trying to I
mean yes he’s a retired racehorse one day I hope to retire from my profession
so we have something in common I mean we have a big kid you know he
wants to be playful sometimes we want to be playful I mean every horse has this a
different personality but they all can teach you the same thing and that’s how
to be humble you know it’s like winning the Derby or winning the Breeders Cup
it’s a win it’s a big win the hope is that more than one of the inmates in
this program will go on to not only get a job but actually be successful in the
life they lead once they’re released from prison fantastic story Renata thank
you Renata Seergae and Secretary of Steve Moyer r and all the eleven thousand
hard-working men and women in the Department of Public Safety correction
services I’m mark vernarelli thanks again for watching inside the fence and

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