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Old 10-08-2008, 01:16 PM
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Question Home Detention Questions

Okay, I was just wondering if anyone could give me info on home detention. My hubby is trying to get on it. What are the rules for it? I know the obvious like no drugs or alcohol or weapons in the home. What else is there? Any info is appreciated THANK YOU
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I found this in the MD Prision Profiles section but it was posted in 2004 so im not sure if things have changed. My boyfried is also trying to get to Home Detention but when i called to get more info they hung up on me! good luck!

CHDU~Central Home Detention Unit

Executive Director

Robert McWhorter

Address

2100 Guilford Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
443-263-3800


Information

Overview

In 1990 the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services established the Central Home Detention Unit (CHDU) in response to legislation providing for carefully selected inmates from the Division of Correction to complete the last part of their incarceration in approved private homes. In July 1991, CHDU assumed responsibility for the home monitoring program (sentenced inmates and pretrial detainees) which had been operated by the former Baltimore City Jail. An agreement was reached in January 1992 which provided for individuals referred through the courts in Baltimore City to participate in home detention. Also in 1992, legislation was enacted that allows certain parolees to be placed in home detention.

Assignment to home detention enables offenders to begin rebuilding constructive community and employment relationships by assuming responsibility for their actions, and paying court-ordered restitution. Employed participants in the Department's home detention program are required to pay a supervision fee to offset the cost of their participation.

Rigorous Supervision

Home detention participants are supervised 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the CHDU office, police communications operators monitor the computer stations continuously. Case managers/parole officers provide ongoing counseling and work placement services. Certified personnel prescribe treatment plans that may include drug/alcohol treatment, education, and crisis intervention counseling. The program also utilizes urinalysis to monitor drug use.

Uniformed and armed enforcement officers and parole agents, trained by the Maryland State Police, patrol in the community and make random home and work site visits. They are authorized to arrest and immediately return violators to custody. ALL program violations prompt a response.

Service Area

Currently, the Department’s home detention program operates in:

All of Baltimore City, and in closely neighboring areas of the following counties:
Baltimore County
Carroll County
Anne Arundel County
Howard County
Harford County
Sophisticated Electronic Monitoring

The Department's electronic monitoring equipment utilizes one of the most secure technologies available. A small radio transmitter is affixed to the offender's ankle. The anklet maintains contact with a verification unit located in the offender's home. This unit connects to the CHDU office's central monitoring station through the home's electrical and telephone systems. If the offender breaks contact with the verification unit, the office is alerted to a violation in progress, and an armed enforcement officer responds to the home.

CHDU's electronic supervision equipment also includes a portable field verifier. Police-style vehicles equipped with these devices patrol through the community making contact with the offender's anklet and verifying the offender's location.

Screening and Eligibility

Every candidate for home detention is carefully screened for eligibility. Visits to proposed homes and work sites ensure that sponsors and employers are involved in the offender's program plan. CHDU approval reflects a significant commitment from those offering to help an offender. For example, the residents (usually family members) in an approved residence must agree to:

limit their personal calls and telephone options;
maintain an alcohol and drug-free home; and
remove all firearms from the premises.
CHDU has found that sponsors become actively involved in monitoring home detention participants, alerting staff to potential problems, and immediately reporting violations.

Most inmates in the custody of the Division of Correction are eligible for home detention, if they:

are not serving a life sentence;
have not been convicted of child abuse;
have no documented history of escape;
and are within 90 days of release.
Most parole offenders are eligible for home detention, unless they:

have violated a condition of parole as the result of an arrest or a conviction for a crime of violence;
or have a prior conviction of child abuse.
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yea coming home on home detention is so hard to do...my husband was approved by the warden to come home detention but they were just wanting on home detention to approve his house...they waited so late to do the inspection that he was too short of coming home(less than a month left before his release date) that there was no point in him coming home on home detention...

but with home detention there can not be any drugs, alcohol, or fire arms in the house. There can not be three way, calling waiting, or caller id on the phone line. They just come to the house and ask you where is he going to be sleeping and where do you plan on putting the box, and if you agree with all of the rules and regulations.
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Also there is no leaving, except for work and back, not too mention sometimes they install a "dui" box in the car, or whatever it is called to have him blo win it before he starts driving somewhere. Sometimes it can be more of a pain then its worth. If you violate Home Detention , you get charged with Escape 1st degree, that carries 15 years!!
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Thanks for answering my questions. He got a year back in Sept. 2008. For some reason he seems to think they will let him come home on the box in December. But from what I have read and other people telling me things I dont see how that is possible.
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