Maryland's secretary of corrections, Gary Maynard, moved his office to the Baltimore city jail on Friday to oversee directly a top-to-bottom review of staff and inmates that will include lie-detector tests, starting with the warden, the Washington Post reports. The move comes after federal prosecutors announced a sweeping indictment accusing 13 female guards of colluding with a dangerous gang — the Black Guerilla Family — that authorities said had taken over the institution.
Officers are charged with smuggling in cellphones and drugs for gang members and even having sex with them. Four officers became pregnant as a result of trysts with one detainee, prosecutors said. Maynard oversees a sprawling agency with 25 facilities housing 22,000 inmates across the state. In 2009, federal prosecutors announced sweeping corruption charges against gang members and officers at another Baltimore prison. Maynard is under pressure to act in part because he arrived in 2007 promising to usher in badly needed reforms, including finding an end to a rash of killings behind bars.