Delmas Wood is the Coordinator of Community Conferencing of Carroll County (Maryland), which is a restorative justice initiative offering alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Wood recently retired as Executive Director for Baltimore City for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, in which capacity he directed all intake, probation, community detention, and aftercare services for delinquent youth in the city of Baltimore. Mr. Wood worked for DJS for 39 years, beginning as a probation officer and serving in a range of management positions, including statewide responsibilities as Director of Community Justice and Acting Assistant Secretary.
Mr. Wood earned his B.A. in psychology at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and his M.Ed. in Human Development (Child Studies) at the University of Maryland.
Mr. Wood has taught at McDaniel College over the past 30 years, including courses in Criminology, Sociology of Family, Deviance and Delinquency, and Restorative Justice.
Mr. Wood served as the founder and Chairman of the Maryland Task Force on Juvenile Sex Offenders, a multi-disciplinary group which assessed needs and plans statewide policy for the handling of sex offenders. He also served as Chairman of the “Task Force on Mentoring and Monitoring Youth in the Juvenile Justice System”, created by the Maryland General Assembly, and which included state legislators. He also has served on The Center for the Advancement of Mentoring’s National Consortium of Mentoring Practitioners.
Mr. Wood has trained frequently in Maryland and several other states. Topics have included: the Juvenile Justice System, Satanism and Cults, Graduated Sanctions in Juvenile Justice, School-Based Probation, Classification of Juvenile Offenders, and Restorative Justice.
Mr. Wood serves as the President of the Advisory Board and leads a therapeutic group on Fatherhood for the Silver Oak Academy, a residential treatment program for youth in the juvenile justice system.