Celebrating 35 Years of Correctional Excellence
The County Jail was operated by the Sheriff from the 1700’s until 1965 when it was semi-taken over by the County Police Department. The original Jennifer Road facility was constructed in 1967 under the direction of the County Council. During that time of operational flux, Jail Administrators served very short terms before Lt. Edgar Ford of the County Police Department assumed full operational authority in 1969. The Police continued operating the facility until 1983 when Richard J. Baker was hired and became the first Superintendent of what is now known as the Anne Arundel County Detention Center. 1983 was the year we become a separate Correctional Department with a budget and managed by a career Correctional professional who replaced Captain Robert Beck, a Police professional. The recognition of this operational change was first recommended by our Police partners and then approved by both the County Executive and County Council.
Modernization was key and many changes have been implemented since 1983. Today we are recognized as a progressive and fully accredited Department of Detention Facilities that leads the state in many areas including staff training, inmate programs, and development of efficient alternatives to incarceration. The Department operates two state of the art facilities with 397 full time county employees, 100 privatized contract staff and has a recommended FY 19 operating budget of $49,122,000.
To commemorate this special celebration an original pin highlighting our 35th Anniversary has been designed and each of you will receive one this week. The pin is approved to wear on uniforms above the name tag and by non-uniformed staff as warranted.
As we celebrate National Correctional Employees Week I would like to extend to each of you my sincere appreciation for your service and dedication to this Department. Thank you for your many important contributions making us the very best Correctional Agency in Maryland.