Maryland Correctional Institution- Jessup (MCI–J ) Schedule of Events

MCI-J is a medium-security men's prison located on the same grounds as Jessup Correctional Institute in Jessup, Maryland. Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops are typically held the 3rd full weekend (Friday through Sunday) of each month. We welcome visits from experienced AVP facilitators. Those who have not yet had AVP training or would like to continue their experience with AVP are welcome to attend the weekend workshops as outside participants on a space-available basis. We ask that you commit to being with us for the entire weekend session.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What do I need to do if I want to participate? Please use the contact bar on this page to introduce yourself, let us know of your interest, and indicate what workshop level you seek (I.e., basic, advanced, training for facilitators). For MCI-J you will need to compete the Volunteer application process in order to participate in a workshop. In order to have adequate time for security clearance, we need to have participant information submitted by the end of the month prior to the month you want to participate.
  • What’s involved in the Volunteer application process? Once you contact us expressing your interest, we will email you the necessary forms (cover sheet & application). Once you complete them, you will email them to the MCI-J Volunteer Coordinator.
  • What are the hours for AVP?  The program is Friday, 6–9 PM; Saturday, 9 AM–5 PM and Sunday, 9 AM–5 PM. Facilitators have a planning meeting on the Wednesday prior to the workshop weekend from 5–7 PM. Allow at least 30 minutes to clear security prior to the program start time.
  • How do I get to MCI-J?  MC-J is located on House of Correction Rd, Jessup, MD 20794, on the south side of Route 175 between Route 1 and the Baltimore Washington Parkway. You will see a large  sign by the driveway. Once you enter the drive, go past the guardhouse and stay to the left when the road forks. Make your first left and drive past the side of the prison. Park in the visitor area of the parking lot.  
  • What should I wear? Clothes that are comfortable for sitting and light movement. Temperatures can be quite variable so layers to allow for adjustment to cooler and warmer rooms are helpful. For more information about clothing restrictions for guests, visit http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/locations/mcij.shtml . You will need to pass through a metal detector so women can not wear underwire bras. Once inside, you will have a short walk outside to get to the building so you may want a weather-appropriate coat.
  • What should I bring?  Be sure to bring your driver's license. Bring your AVP materials and a pen if you would like. Flexibility and a smile are very helpful as well. Otherwise it is best to bring as little as possible.  Lockers are available to store your car keys (50 cents) before entering.  Cell phones are not permitted within the facility. 
  • What about meals?  On Saturday and Sunday we have a complementary lunch in the staff lunchroom at 10:30 am. Typically there is a light snack around 2 pm. 
  • Is there anything special I need to know if this is my first time going in to a prison?  Be sure to let us know this when you contact us so we can provide additional information about the experience and appropriate support along the way.

Martha Baer is the AVP facilitator coordinator for MCI-J. To contact her click on
Contact MCI-J Coordinator. Please enter AVP @MCI-J in the subject line.

Please note:Although we anticipate that the following is our schedule for this year, the workshop offerings are subject to change if needed.


August 18-20, 2017
Advanced (second level) Workshop(s) in English
Advanced (second level) Workshop(s) in Spanish

September 15-17, 2017
Basic Workshop
Special Topic Advanced “Power Up”

October 20-22, 2017
Advanced (second level) Workshop(s) in English
Special Topic Advanced “Power Up”

November 17-19, 2017
Training for Facilitators

December 15-17, 2017
All Facilitators “Power Up”