$34M over three years has been included in the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners proposed budget for fiscal year 2024.
Of thirteen FY2024 proposed capital budget highlights for Queen Anne’s County (QAC), the Detention Center Renovation and Expansion topped the list with a proposed $12.5M appropriation in FY2024. Other cap-x highlights in the proposal included $6.6M for roads, $6.4M to the Board of Education, and $3.2M for parks.
This commitment to providing a state-of-the-art facility for individuals serving short-term sentences is continued in the forecasted cap-x numbers for the Detention Center, which climb to $20.6M in 2025 and then come back down to $1.2M in 2026. Updated and expanded medical facilities, specialized housing, and inmate services will all be priorities of the new project. A $2.3M update was undertake in 2009 with the addition of 11 modular units. This opened up room for 44 additional inmates and better accommodations for female populations.
The current county detention center in QAC is an adult facility serving the needs of their local inmate population by providing:
- Drug and alcohol addiction classes
- GED classes
- Health care services
- Library and legal services
- Meals 3 times daily
- Recreational opportunities
- Religious services