10 Things You Don’t Know About Running a County Jail

MACo’s Winter Conference is rapidly approaching and will be held January 7-9, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD. Themed “The Road Ahead,” the conference will focus on county government fundamentals, building relationships with newly elected officials at the county, state, and legislative levels, and strategic planning for the coming years. The session  “10 Things You Don’t Know About Running a County Jail” will focus on the fundamentals of managing a county jail.


You may know that in the interest of public safety and justice, county jails provide confinement of pretrial detainees and certain convicted felons within the borders of their facilities. You may also know that county jails offer alternatives to incarceration and re-entry programs. But do you know what it takes to get those jobs done and keep facility operations running 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year while providing a clean, safe and secure environment for detainees and staff? In this session, learn about the ins-and-outs of running county jails as well as the comprehensive, innovative, and effective services they provide to prisoners and the surrounding communities.


  • Michael R. Merican, Warden/Commander, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, St. Mary’s County Detention Center
  • Robert L. Green, Warden, Montgomery County Detention Center, Montgomery County Correctional Facility


Thursday, January 8, 2015; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.