The 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. 


Allegany County Sheriff's Office

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Patrol Office:

695 Kelly Road

Cumberland, MD 21502


Detention Center:

14300 McMullen Hwy

Cumberland, MD 21502

301-729-8540 ext # 227

Alternative Sentencing:

30 rear Washington Street

Cumberland, MD 21502


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