Detention Center

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Allegany County Detention Center is to provide a safe and secure facility for persons legally committed to the custody of the Sheriff of Allegany County. With pride, integrity, and professionalism, we strive to maintain the highest degree of accountability for maintaining the protection of the citizens of the community in a cost-effective manner.

We accept the responsibility of providing for the emotional, physical, and psychological well being of all detainees while ensuring that the constitutional rights of all persons are protected.  The staff strives to achieve compliance with the Standards set forth by the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards and to always maintain the State Recognition of Achievement Award.

Through the use of allied agencies and volunteers from the community, we will provide programs to the detainees to promote successful re\integration into the community.  The Allegany County Detention Center is a progressive direct supervision facility that will strive to meet the needs of an ever-changing environment.

Direct Supervision Philosophy

Direct Supervision is a management philosophy, backed by a supervisory style for inmates, supported by a physical plant design that places staff face to face with inmates with full responsibility for the management of inmate behavior.  All Officers work in direct contact with the inmates on a day to day basis, interacting, listening and communicating with the inmates.

 The Sheriff of Allegany County is responsible for protecting the citizens of Allegany County by providing a secure holding facility for persons legally placed in confinement within Allegany County. The Corrections Division of the Sheriff’s Office is mandated to provide for the safety of the inmates placed into its custody by maintaining a humane living environment at the Detention Center, while also providing a safe working environment for the staff of the center. The facility operates upon the following principles:

  • The physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of all the inmates is a primary concern.
  • A variety of programs are provided to aid interested inmates with their reintegration process.

In order to meet these goals, a sufficient number of trained staff is provided to maintain the operation of the facility. The entire staff of the center is dedicated to providing a correctional program that meets applicable County, State, and Federal standards. Concerted efforts are made to ensure that the inmates’ human rights and dignity are not violated. 

Facility Information

  • Opening Date:    April 2002
  • Total Inmate Capacity:  234 beds
  • Male Inmate Capacity    132 beds
  • Female Inmate Capacity    30 beds
  • Work Release/Inmate Worker Capacity    48 beds
  • Special Needs    24 beds

Other Areas include: Non-contact Visiting Area and waiting room, Intake/Release Area, property room, Programs Area, Medical Unit, Library, Gymnasium, Records Room, Control Center, Kitchen, Laundry, Maintenance Area, and 7 Housing Units.

Staff Services include:  Male and Female Staff Locker Rooms, Staff Exercise Room, Officer Training and Dining Facilities.

  1. Physical Address
    14300 McMullen Highway
    Cumberland, MD 21502