When you look at Baltimore’s outrageous prison scandal, you may see a poisoned system, a disastrous combination of corruption and negligence. Me, I see a simple failure to adequately keep track of cellphones.

Luckily, the Baltimore City Detention Center has plans to complement the efforts of their phone-sniffing dogs (the existence of which has really ignited my imagination — what else can we train dogs to smell?) with a high-tech cellphone jamming system.

It avoids breaking the law against interfering with wireless reception by targeting only inmates’ contraband cellphones, allowing the staff to make calls.

It should work as long as they can also get some kind of high-tech system in place that prevents staff from falling in love with prisoners and actively helping them orchestrate crimes.