MD Legislators To Review Prisons After “Shocking,” “Disgraceful” Charges


Maryland legislators are calling for a sweeping inquiry into the state prison system, amid allegations that a gang effectively took over the Baltimore City Detention Center, orchestrating crimes from behind bars and impregnating female correctional officers who helped smuggle in contraband, reports the Baltimore Sun. Senate President Mike Miller said the accusations detailed in a federal indictment were “disgraceful” and “unbelievable.” He said the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which runs the jail, must answer for the gang activity and for a recent string of inmate-on-inmate violence at state facilities. “It’s so shocking that it’s going to require a look at the entire prison system – the number of deaths of inmates, the entire way the system is being run and how people are vetted to serve as correctional officers,” said Miller. Some state legislators took aim at department secretary Gary Maynard. Maynard said his agency seek sanctions for any corrections officers who were involved with the gang. The U.S. Department of Justice has brought cases against corrections officers at a prison in Western Maryland, accusing them of covering up the beating of an inmate. Meanwhile, there has been a spike in homicides inside state prisons – seven in the past seven months.

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