Community Services Division

The Community Services Division is supervised the Director of Community Services (Civilian) and provides the following legislatively mandated programs that offer sentencing alternatives to the courts:  Work Release, Home Detention, Alternative Sentencing and Pretrial Services.  These programs are cost effective and well managed alternatives to incarceration that offer an extreme benefit to the Criminal Justice System, the offender and citizens of Frederick County. 

Work Release Program
The Work Release Program began its operation in 1989.  This program is supervised by the Commander of Work Release (Lieutenant).  The program is a structured drug and alcohol free operation with a “zero tolerance” approach for substance abuse.  The basic concept of the Work Release Program is to allow offenders, who are employed at the time of sentencing, to maintain their jobs in the community, pay program costs and continue to lend financial support to the family.  The participants must provide their own transportation to and from employment and are held accountable for maintaining total compliance to program guidelines.   

    Home Detention Program
    The Home Detention Program is staffed by a Corporal and one Correctional Officer/Community     Monitor.  The Home Detention Program began in 1991.  This is a program that is based on     intensive supervision through use of Global Positioning Satellites (GPS).  The inmate is     mandated to wear an ankle bracelet and a GPS tracker at all times.  Participants on the program     are also required to maintain employment and pay a supervision fee.  

    Pretrial Services Program
    Two Correctional Classification Specialists supervise defendants that are court ordered to     participate in the Pretrial Services Program.   In 1993, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office,     through legislation, was authorized to establish and direct a Pretrial Release Program.  The basic     concept of the Pretrial Services Program is to release eligible defendants awaiting trial from the     Frederick County Adult Detention Center while ensuring a high rate of court appearance.  The     program focuses on monitoring non-violent offenders in the community.  This offsets the cost     of their incarceration for Frederick County taxpayers, while minimizing the risk of safety to the     community.

    Drug and Alcohol Monitoring
    The Work Release Program has a certified on-site drug testing system that allows for        immediate test results in determining substance abuse. 
It is the policy of the Frederick County     Sheriff’s Office to maintain substance free programs.  Participants on Work Release, Home     Detention and Pretrial Services are tested on a random basis.

    Community Labor Unit/Inmate Labor Program
    The Community Labor Unit offers free labor to local and state government agencies, churches,     fire companies and many other non‐profit organizations. The work crew is made up of work     release authorized inmates and defendants that are court ordered and managed by the     Alternative Sentencing Program. Examples of work performed include daily cleaning of the     Visitation Area and District Court Commissioners Offices at the Detention Center, collection     and removal of recyclable paper, grounds maintenance and special projects. This unit also     completes special projects for agencies and non-profit organizations within Frederick County.

Alternative Sentencing Program
The program began operation in 1982 as part of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.  The Alternative Sentencing Program is supervised by the Assistant Director of Community Services (Civilian).  The program provides the judiciary a sentencing option to order nonviolent offenders to perform court-ordered community service hours in lieu of a jail sentence or high court costs.  Community service hours are performed at worksites that meet criteria established in the enabling legislation.  The Alternative Sentencing Program utilizes over 90 different worksites to include local, county and state agencies, churches, fire companies and many other non-profit organizations. Alternative Sentencing is not legislatively mandated by the State of Maryland. 

    The PADDD Program
    The PADDD (Positive Alternatives to Dangerous and Destructive Decisions) program was     established in 2007.  The 3-hour program is a collaboration of speakers from the medical field,     recovered trauma patients, families and law enforcement/EMS personnel.  The program is an     educational tool offering defendants an opportunity to lessen the number of points placed on t     heir license as a result of traffic related charges.  This program also lessens fines and court costs     for the defendants. 

    3rd Millennium
    In 2008, the Alternative Sentencing Program began managing the community service     component for the Frederick County Drug Court and the 3rd Millennium Classroom program     was also established.  The Alternative Sentencing Program manages court ordered referrals in     the completion of an on-line educational class designed for misdemeanor drug and alcohol     offenders.  Defendants in all programs are required to pay an administrative fee to the agency to     offset the cost of the program.