Wicomico County, MD
 
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Council of Wicomico County 6-15-1981 by Bill No. 1981-6. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Personnel rules — See Ch. 59.
Sheriff — See Ch. 86.
A. 
There is hereby created a Department of Correction under the immediate direction of a Director, who shall be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council.
[Amended 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11]
B. 
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 Wicomico County Detention Center, or being held for any other lawful purpose.
The Wicomico County Jail is an institution within the Department of Correction, and it shall hereafter be named the Wicomico County Detention Center.
A. 
The Director of the Department of Correction 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Detention Center from the time they are lawfully committed thereto until they are lawfully discharged, released or withdrawn therefrom.
B. 
The Director shall promulgate all rules and regulations of the county which pertain to the administration and operation of the Department of Correction, not inconsistent with law, necessary to exercise the responsibilities and duties of the position.
C. 
The Director will be provided with staff, equipment and office space at the Detention Center adequate to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the Department.
D. 
The Director shall be responsible for the maintenance and care of inmates in his custody and shall be responsible for the safe transportation of such inmates for the purpose of transporting said inmates to hospitals, the offices of physicians for medical consultations and dentists for dental care and to such other locations that may be necessary to keep appointments for the health, safety and protection of the inmates and the community. Any department personnel assigned to escort an inmate outside the Detention Center shall be equipped with a firearm. The responsibility for the transportation of said inmates to and from the courts of law in Wicomico County and to or from any other locations, except for employment interviews, shall remain vested in the Sheriff of Wicomico County.
E. 
The Director or his 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.
F. 
The Director is empowered to authorize the staff at the Detention Center to use deadly force in accordance with the departmental standard operating procedures.
G. 
The Director or his 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 otherwise be provided for by law.
H. 
The Director or his designee shall have the authority to designate staff members to escort selected inmates outside the Detention Center for employment interviews.
I. 
The Director shall also perform additional duties and functions as directed by the County Executive.
[Amended 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11]
[Amended 10-17-2006 by Bill No. 2006-11]
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 Executive or his designated agent, make arrangements for the temporary custody of the inmates at other correctional facilities within the state.
The County Council of Wicomico County is hereby directed, authorized and empowered to make provision by appropriation in its annual levy from year to year for sufficient funds to pay the salaries and expenses hereinbefore provided.