Howard County MD Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: March 06, 2024
7301 Waterloo Rd PO Box 250, Jessup, MD 20794

HCDC is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

The phone carrier is Inmate Calling Solutions (ICSolutions), to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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You can support your loved ones at HCDC on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 410-313-5200.

When someone you care about gets locked up, it's tough to figure out all the ins and outs of jail life. From sending mail to visiting, there are a lot of things to sort out. And getting info about the arrest? Not always easy. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get a handle on how things work at Howard County MD Detention Center so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The HCDC is a detention center located at 7301 Waterloo Rd PO Box 250 Jessup, MD which is operated locally by the Howard County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Howard County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Jessup Police Department, and the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees arrive at the jail regularly, with some being released on bail, placed under pretrial services caseloads, supervised by probation agencies, or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who are not released await their court appearances at the jail, receiving accommodations including bedding and meals. You can see all the arrest records for Maryland here.

The Department of Corrections oversees the Howard County Detention Center, the Central Booking Facility, and the Community Service Program, aiming to maintain a safe and humane environment for incarcerated individuals. This goal is pursued through effective security measures, meaningful treatment programs, and support for inmates reintegrating into the community. The department, alongside dedicated volunteers, is committed to implementing best practices and evidence-based programming to prepare offenders for successful reintegration.

Howard County's original jail, established in 1878 in Ellicott City, accommodated 12 inmates. In 1975, the Division of Corrections was formed, evolving into a department in subsequent years. Due to overcrowding and outdated facilities, funding was secured for the construction of a new Detention Center in Jessup, which opened in 1983. Subsequent expansions followed in response to increasing inmate populations, with the facility currently housing pre-trial offenders and those sentenced for up to 18 months.

Religious services are facilitated by volunteers and faith-based organizations, including the Christian Jail Ministry, which provides spiritual and pastoral services, religious education, counseling, and support programs. Muslim faith education and services are offered by Dar Al-Taqwa congregation, while Catholic services are provided by Saint Matthews Catholic Church. Additionally, the department ensures that the religious needs of all inmates are met, overseen by the Deputy Director.

Project LEEP (Lifeskills Education Employment Program) equips participants with skills for seeking employment upon release, covering topics such as job application, resume writing, and interviewing techniques. Started in 1998, the program has been successful, receiving continued funding from Howard County Government. The Maryland Community Criminal Justice Treatment Program aims to reduce recidivism among mentally ill inmates by improving access to community resources and mental health services.

Howard Community College collaborates with the Department of Corrections to provide educational instruction, including adult basic education, pre-GED, and GED classes, enabling inmates to improve their literacy and numeracy skills and prepare for the high school equivalency exam.

For inquiries about detainees housed at the facility, individuals can call (410) 637-4000 during specified hours, providing necessary biographical information. Detainees cannot receive incoming calls, but urgent messages can be left by calling (410) 313-5200, including the detainee's full name, alien registration number, and contact details.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Maryland. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Howard County MD Detention Center.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Visitation Information

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  • the Commissary
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