Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning


Correctional Education


Correctional Education is housed within the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation as part of the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning.

Correctional Education (CE) provides educational opportunities to over 9,000 inmates with services offered at each Division of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) State institution, the Patuxent Institution and all pre-release units. Its mission is to provide incarcerated individuals with high quality services that facilitate successful transition into Maryland's workforce and communities.

Because successful workforce transition begins when an individual is first incarcerated and continues for the duration of their sentence and upon release, Correctional Education is equally committed to ensuring this transition for every incarcerated student. It is a blend of academic and workforce development instruction that offers those incarcerated the resources and tools necessary to access the workforce upon release as inmates by law are mandated to take education classes if they do not have a GED or high school diploma, have at least 18 months remaining on their sentence, and if they are not exempt due to a medical, developmental, or learning disability. The goal for these transitioning inmates is to successfully re-integrate into society, become productive, stable and ultimately self-sufficient as data shows that upon incarceration, inmates have the lowest academic attainment rate of any segment of the population. Studies further show that offenders who participate in Correctional Education programs are less likely to reoffend following their release.

Classes are organized around skills needs in Reading / Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science from basic literacy to adult secondary levels. After earning the high school diploma, offenders are eligible for occupational programs or advanced education at a local partnering college. Additionally, a full range of library services that include books, magazines, research, and access to a legal citation service that offers published judicial opinions are available free of charge to all inmates regardless of participation in an education program.

All teachers and principals are fully certified by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and must adhere to the certification requirements of MSDE and the American Library Association for Librarians. Previous experience is a pre-requisite.

The State of Maryland provides funding for basic program operation, while funding for contractual services comes through the DPSCS. Additional funding comes from Federal grants including the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of 1998, the No Child Left Behind Act, Title I Program for Neglected and Delinquent Youth, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 1996, and Workforce and Community Transition for Incarcerated Youth Offenders.

Correctional Education strives to become a nationally recognized leader in providing academic, occupational, and transitional instruction for incarcerated students and keeps the mission of upholding public safety at the forefront by providing educational, library, and employment transition services to offenders in support of their successful re-entry and re-integration into the community upon release.

Education and Workforce Training Coordinating Council for Correctional Institutions (EWTCCI) Activity Report for the Fiscal Year 2014

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning/Correctional Education
1100 North Eutaw Street, Room 120
Baltimore, Maryland 21201