Gov. Larry Hogan announced he was closing the Baltimore City men’s jail on July 30. A few weeks later, the last inmate is leaving.
The final inmates are being transferred out of the jail on Tuesday, and the jail will officially be closed at 5 p.m., according to Hogan’s office. In all about 1,100 inmates were transferred to other jails in the Baltimore area as part of the process. About 770 employees were also transferred as a result of the move.
Despite a plan developed by a Democrat-led commission in the state legislature that was designed to close the notorious jail over a period of ten years, Hogan, a Republican, unilaterally decided to close the jail instead and said he didn’t even read the report. He said the building would likely be demolished, and there were no plans to build a new facility in its place.
Structural and maintenance issues plagued the 150-year-old collection of about a dozen buildings for years, and it become a infamous for corruption after the feds indicted members of the Black Guerilla Family gang and prison guards for running drugs and carrying on relationships inside the prison.
Latest posts by Stephen Babcock (see all)
- Station North has a new spot for food, music, and arcade games - January 10, 2020
- Baltimost: Brittany Young - October 8, 2019
- Public safety alert app Citizen launches in Baltimore - February 13, 2019