Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley ran on the promise that he would improve conditions in the the stateprison system. Over more than six years as Maryland's top elected official, a post he won in part with a crime-fighting reputation, he amassed a flurry of statistics, such as falling rates of violence behind bars, says the Washington Post. A federal indictment says his statistics of progress masked a broken state disciplinary system that allowed more than a dozen female corrections officers to work for a violent prison gang with little or no fear of reprisal.
At a legislative hearing today, questioning of Gary Maynard, his corrections secretary, could shed light on how much O'Malley knew about the jail's most recent troubles, and when. Yesterday, O'Malley announced significant changes to jail security and the way prison investigations are handled. The state will increase the size of its internal investigations unit by 50 percent, adding eight sworn detectives and four intelligence technicians. The unit is responsible for investigating all crimes by inmates, as well as allegations of corruption among staff members. The governor also announced that he wants to require polygraph tests of all future correctional officer applicants.