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This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

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Statute Text

Article - Correctional Services
(a)    (1)   In this section, “restrictive housing” means a form of physical separation in which the inmate is placed in a locked room or cell for approximately 22 hours or more out of a 24–hour period.
(2)   “Restrictive housing” includes administrative segregation and disciplinary segregation.
(b)    (1)   On or before December 31 each year, the Department shall submit data to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the General Assembly, in accordance with § 2–1246 of the State Government Article, showing, by correctional facility:
(i)   the total population of the correctional facility;
(ii)   the number of inmates who have been placed in restrictive housing during the preceding year by age, race, gender, classification of housing, and the basis for the inmate’s placement in restrictive housing;
(iii)   the number of inmates with serious mental illness that were placed in restrictive housing during the preceding year;
(iv)   the definition of “serious mental illness” used by the Department in making the report;
(v)   the number of inmates known to be pregnant when placed in restrictive housing during the preceding year;
(vi)   the average and median lengths of stay in restrictive housing of the inmates placed in restrictive housing during the preceding year;
(vii)   the number of incidents of death, self–harm, and attempts at self–harm by inmates in restrictive housing during the preceding year;
(viii)   the number of inmates released from restrictive housing directly into the community during the preceding year;
(ix)   any other data the Department considers relevant to the use of restrictive housing by correctional facilities in the State; and
(x)   any changes to written policies or procedures at each correctional facility relating to the use and conditions of restrictive housing, including steps to reduce reliance on restrictive housing.
(2)   The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention shall make the information submitted in accordance with paragraph (1) of this subsection available on its Web site.