Maryland corrections secretary Gary Maynard is resigning to take a senior position with a national criminal-justice organization, ending a seven-year tenure that was marred by a corruption scandal at a state-run jail in Baltimore, the Washington Post reports. Maynard was recruited by Gov. Martin O’Malley after O'Malley took office in 2007 and has been generally well regarded by lawmakers from both major political parties.
Maynard was criticized after more than a dozen guards at the Baltimore City Detention Center were indicted in April on charges of helping leadees of a dangerous national gang operate a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme from behind bars. Maynard’s departure announcement came a day before a legislative panel is scheduled to release recommendations in response to the scandal, which included the arrests last month of 14 more current or former state corrections officers. Maynard is joining the Criminal Justice Institute, where he will serve as senior vice president. CJI is a private nonprofit organization that provides consultation and other services to jails and prison systems.