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Verna L. Jones, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President)
Christopher B. Shank, Co-Chair (chosen by House Speaker)

[photo, Hampton Plaza, 300 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland] Appointed by Governor: Tara Andrews; Carolyn A. Atkins; Yale H. Caplan, Ph.D.; Ward J. Clem; Ronald W. Cullison, Jr.; Kimberly Haven; Jack E. Hughes; Ralph M. Hughes; Ellsworth Johnson-Bey; Carol J. Martindale; Brenda Mellerson; Mona Y. Powell; one vacancy.

Ex officio: Douglas F. Gansler, Attorney General; Donald W. DeVore, Secretary of Juvenile Services; Gary D. Maynard, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; J. Michael Stouffer, Commissioner of Correction; Michael R. Morrissette, designee of Public Defender.

Staff: Rhea L. Harris

Hampton Plaza, 300 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland, May 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

c/o Office of Secretary, Dept. of Public Safety & Correctional Services
Hampton Plaza, 300 East Joppa Road., Suite 1000, Towson, MD 21286 - 3020
(410) 260-6070

Interim Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 31, 2009.

Final Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 31, 2010.

The Task Force to Study Prison Violence in Maryland organized in May 2008 and reconstituted in June 2009 (Chapter 518, Acts of 2007; Chapter 102, Acts of 2009). The causes, nature, patterns, and scope of the violence in Maryland's prisons is to be studied by the Task Force. The impact of certain factors, such as illegal drugs, contraband, and exposure to lead and other environmental pollutants will be examined, and the role of gang activity on violence will be evaluated. Finally, the Task Force will look at best practices for dealing with prison violence in the correctional systems of other states.

Authorization for the Task Force extends through May 31, 2011.

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