The Maryland Green Prisons Initiative is a collaboration between the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) and Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER researchers. Faculty and graduate students are carrying out research projects to understand biodiversity patterns in the urban environment. This effort creates the opportunity for inmate training in environmental science, skills integral to environmental research, as well as integration with sustainability efforts in place across jurisdictional levels. Furthermore, the collaboration complements sustainability programs currently operating within DPSCS.
“DPSCS is committed to using our available inmate work crews to make an impact on Maryland’s environment. The O’Malley-Brown Administration initiated Smart, Green and Growing in 2008 pulling together state and local government, businesses and citizens in an effort to work toward a vision for a smarter, greener, more sustainable State.
Not only will this effort beautify Maryland and provide invaluable environmental benefits for generations to come, it also provides an opportunity for our offender work crews to give back to the society they victimized, while learning transferable job skills.”