Columbia, Maryland is a vibrant city located in central Maryland, 20 miles southwest of Baltimore and 25 miles northeast of Washington, D. C. Over the years, the city has seen a number of changes to its public safety services infrastructure. In this article, we'll explore the evolution of Columbia's public safety services infrastructure and how it has changed over time.In the 19th century, female inmates were housed for the first time in rooms reserved for them in the Maryland Penitentiary.
This marked a major milestone in the development of public safety services in Columbia. In 1913, the Maryland Penitentiary Criminal Commission defended the rights of female inmates, but it wasn't until 1939 that the State built a separate prison for women.In 1960, the Central Maryland Correctional Center was formed as a central laundry center to meet the laundry needs of institutions dependent on what is now the Maryland Department of Health. In 1978, the centers were transferred to the Maryland Correctional System and were renamed pre-launch units. Inmates who cannot be rehabilitated remain at or are transferred to the Maryland Correctional Institution (Hagerstown).The Chesapeake Detention Center, formerly known as the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center, is managed by the Marshals Service and Division of Corrections.
It is located in Baltimore and provides a secure environment for inmates awaiting trial or transfer to another facility.The Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute, located at Box 535, 7943 Brock Bridge Road in Jessup, MD 20794-0535, provides technical assistance and training to local governments and community organizations on crime prevention strategies. It also offers research and data analysis services to help inform policy decisions.The Leadership Development Institute, located at Box 394 Springfield Hospital Center, 7301 Buttercup Road in Sykesville, MD 21784-0394, provides leadership training and technical assistance to state agencies and local governments. It also coordinates strategic planning throughout the department and is responsible for departmental oversight and submissions for the Maryland Code of Regulations.
The Mall in Columbia, located in Town Center, is a large regional mall with three main department stores (Nordstrom, Macy's and JCPenney), a multiplex cinema and more than 200 stores and restaurants. The development plans for downtown projects in the coming years will include details of that project, such as neighborhood design guidelines, environmental restoration, public services and infrastructure.Columbia's public safety services infrastructure has undergone a remarkable transformation over time.
From its original campus in Columbia to its satellite campuses in Mount Airy, Laurel and East Columbia in the Columbia Gateway Business Park, Columbia has seen many changes to its public safety services infrastructure. From female inmates being housed for the first time in rooms reserved for them in the Maryland Penitentiary to the formation of the Central Maryland Correctional Center as a central laundry center to meet the laundry needs of institutions dependent on what is now the Maryland Department of Health, Columbia has come a long way.When this material is used, in whole or in part, appropriate citation and credit should be attributed to the Maryland State Archives.