Contract Awarded for St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center Expansion

December 18, 2018

After years of planning and budget discussions, a contract was awarded Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, to make additions and improvements to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown.

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County approved a $25,696,000 contract to Scheibel Construction of Huntingtown. The company recently completed the Capt. Walter Francis Duke Elementary School and College of Southern Maryland Wellness Center in Leonardtown.

Under the contract, a new 64-bed women’s wing will be added to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center along with a new medical services unit. Vacated existing space will be renovated for Pretrial Services office space and laundry services area. The work also includes upgrades to the facility’s heating and air-conditioning system and security improvements.

The overall jail expansion project will be designed in the current fiscal 2019 year, followed by construction of the additions in fiscal 2020 and security and HVAC renovations in fiscal 2021.

Major Michael Merican

Major Michael Merican

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County unanimously approved the design-build contract.

“This is actually a big day,” Commissioner Mike Hewitt said. “The jail’s finally going to get built.”

Major Michael Merican said, “We are extremely grateful to the County Commissioners for their support in this project. The detention center has been in need of upgrades and renovations for several years. Built in 1989, it is an aging facility and the jail’s population continues to grow in size and in needs, often medical. This project award will go a long way in meeting some of the needs for the community.”

The Detention and Rehabilitation Center currently has a capacity of 230 beds.


7 Responses to Contract Awarded for St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center Expansion

  1. Anonymous on December 18, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Oh good, more wasted taxpayer money on junkies, thieves, murderers, rapists, and people who can’t control their anger. The only money spent on jails and prisons should go to more bars and more beds. Everything else is a luxury. No TV’s, no gym, no library, no college courses, and food should be basic. This is supposed to be a punishment and not a vacation. I realize some of the residents are awaiting their trial and haven’t been found guilty but the majority are serving local time because our weak judges give them weak sentences so they don’t have to be relocated to prison. The victims of many of the residents don’t even have access the many of the amenities provided to these criminals for free. Bring back chain gangs and harsh punishments and the crime rate will start going back down.

    • Stickman on December 19, 2018 at 5:49 am

      And caning! We need to implement caning!

    • Anonymous on December 19, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Speaking of people who can’t control their anger …

    • Anonymous on December 19, 2018 at 10:42 am

      its supposed to be rehabilitation not punishment.

      • Anonymous on December 19, 2018 at 2:05 pm

        That is what it turned into but in the past it was punishment. Most of the people that commit crimes are nothing more then overgrown selfish children so they should be treated like children and be put in adult time out. No TV and no fun, just time to think about the lives they negatively impacted and in some cases ruined. If you want to make a difference then take the money wasted on jail/prison gyms, cable, college programs, etc… and give it to the victims families to let their kids go to college and have some of the advantages they wouldn’t normally have access to. Why should anyone be rewarded with luxuries for harming other people?

  2. Anonymous on December 19, 2018 at 9:36 am

    But is there a firing range?

    • Anonymous on December 19, 2018 at 10:18 pm

      no