[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Council of Talbot County 1-13-1987 by Bill No. 302. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created the Talbot County Department of Correction. The Department shall operate all programs pertaining to detention and rehabilitation of persons under the jurisdiction of the County government awaiting trial or having been convicted of a crime and sentenced by a court of competent jurisdiction to a term in the Talbot County Detention Center or being held for any other lawful purpose.
The Talbot County jail is an institution within the Department of Correction, and it shall hereafter be named the "Talbot County Detention Center."
[Amended 7-24-2001 by Bill No. 837]
The Department of Correction shall be administered by a Director, who shall be the warden described under Md. Code Ann., Correctional Services Art., § 3-211.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The Director shall be responsible for the safekeeping, care and custody of all inmates in the County Detention Center from the time they are lawfully committed thereto until they are lawfully discharged, released or withdrawn therefrom.
The Director shall promulgate rules and regulations for the administration and operation of the Department of Correction consistent with law.
The Director shall be responsible for the safe transportation of inmates to such locations as may be necessary for the health, safety and protection of the inmates and the community. The Director or a designee may, in cases of emergency (fire, flood or other disaster), order the evacuation of inmates from the Detention Center, even when such evacuation may increase the opportunity to escape, provided that such evacuation is initiated to prevent death or serious injury to inmates. The Director or a designee shall have the authority to transfer custody of inmates to authorized personnel of any other county, state or the government of the United States for transportation to the courts or to some other place of incarceration that may be otherwise provided for by law.
Should the facilities of the County Detention Center be inadequate to provide for all inmates lawfully committed therein, the Director may, with the approval of the County Manager or a designated agent, make arrangements for the temporary custody of the inmates at other correctional facilities within the state.