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Detention Center

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 The Cecil County Correctional Facility is taking many preliminary steps to keep our inmates and staff as safe as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have spent the past several weeks preparing for the appearance of the virus in the Community and Jail.  Beyond stepping up cleaning and stocking supplies, some other preparations are taking place. Effective immediately, March 13, 2020, inmate visitation is suspended, access to the jail by volunteers/facilitators for all programs, including religious services are also suspended until further notice.

Detention Center 

Administrative office hours

Administrative hours are 8 AM to 4 PM
Contact number: 410-996-5800

Financial Operations office hours 

Financial Operations office hours are 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday-Friday excluding holidays. Contact number: 410-996-5800. 


  • Major Mary Allen, Director Detention
  • Captain Matthew Carr, Deputy Director Detention
  • Lieutenant Darryl Osborne, Operations Commander
  • Lieutenant William Jolly, Administration Commander


The Sheriff's Office Mission is to serve the citizens of Cecil County and ensure public safety. As a division of the Sheriff's Office, the Detention Center's mission is to provide a clean, safe and secure place of confinement for persons committed or adjudicated to our facility by proper authority of law. 


The Detention Center was built in 1983 and began operation in 1984. The facility was designed to house a total 142 inmates, both male and female from minimum to maximum-security levels. Renovation and expansion was completed in November 2012. The facility was expanded to 168 male and 32 female beds. Persons held at the Detention Center are either awaiting trial or have been convicted and received sentences of up to 18 months.

A staff of 79 sworn staff and 3 support personnel ensure the safety and security of inmates and facilitate the services offered to them. 

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