Baltimore officials have sued the state prison system, demanding an uncensored version of a consultant’s report about problems at the Central Booking and Intake Center, reports the Baltimore Sun. “We believe we’re entitled to the entire report,” said Ralph S. Tyler, the city solicitor. “We believe it’s important for the public to have the benefit of the entire report.” Last week, the state released the 10-page consultant’s report but edited out half of it, asserting that the document was used as part of the agency’s “internal decision-making” process.
In the report’s conclusion, the consultant wrote that “no one was in charge” at the booking center when it came to ensuring that newly arrested suspects receive an initial court hearing within 24 hours. Allegations of excessive delays for people awaiting such hearings are the subject of a separate lawsuit filed in April by the public defender’s office against state prison officials. A judge has issued a temporary restraining order that forces state officials to release people brought to the booking center who do not receive an initial court hearing within the required 24 hours. Some people had been held as long as 90 hours before they received their first court hearing, public defenders allege.