Being incarcerated in the Talbot County Detention Center can seem like "the bottom of the barrel" or the lowest point of a person's life. People come to jail for many reasons and have to face the uncertainty of the criminal justice system. Some know it too well while for others the entire experience is new and they have no idea what is going to happen. Whether they are new to the system or a "frequent flyer", jail doesn't have to be the end of the line.
For some, jail is the right and most appropriate place for them to be. They are criminals and represent a danger to our community and they should be confined in order to protect our citizens from them. That is why we are here.
But for many, they have made a mistake and with a little assistance and remediation, they can leave confinement, never to return. While personal safety and institutional security are our first concern and primary responsibility, those of us responsible for the operation and administration of this Department also consider it essential to offer our inmate population opportunities for new beginnings if that is what they want. To that end, we provide a variety of programs, services and resources that inmates often need in order to change their lives. Such services include medical and mental health treatment, educational services, religious worship, life-skills training, mediation and addictions counseling, among others.
At the end of the day though, neither we nor anyone else can make an inmate do something he or she is not ready for or that they don't want to do, no matter how much we'd like to. Ultimately, only the inmate can determine when they are ready, willing and able to change his or her life. Until then, we will keep them safe, secure and near the water so that when they're ready to drink it will be available.
Douglas C. Devenyns, Director
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