Tag: baltimore city detention center
In announcing that he would shut down the men’s jail of the Baltimore City Detention Center “as expeditiously as possible,” Gov. Larry Hogan apparently left the legislature out of the decision. Considering they have been working on closing down the jail themselves, a pair of state senators weren’t happy about that decision.
Gov. Larry Hogan is shuttering the Baltimore City Detention Center’s men’s jail, effective immediately. Over the coming days, about 750 male inmates housed at the jail will be moved.
Adrena Rice, a 25-year-old single mother, became the first corrections officer (out of 27!) involved in the Baltimore prison scandal to be sentenced, getting hit with three and a half years in federal prison, nearly the maximum recommended sentence.
According to WJZ, Rice admitted her guilt and voiced her remorse after being sentence, saying her involvement with incarcerated members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang — which included smuggling drugs and cellphones and even sleeping with three of them — ruined her life.
Whenever someone shines a light on corruption, those at the top of the offending entity make promises to investigate, to punish those responsible, and to change protocols to make sure this kind of thing never happens again. But sometimes the scandal is so completely beyond the pale that the standard mea culpas can only come off as absurd.
Such is the case with the current local prison scandal, in which 13 corrections officers helped incarcerated gang members traffic drugs and gain access to contraband, in which four corrections officers bore children by inmate and alleged gang leader Tavon White, in which the Baltimore City Detention Center was effectively under the control of the Black Guerrilla Family.
But what can the powers that be do? Well, for one, they’ve decided to fire the security chief at the BCDC, because, you know, Gov. Martin O’Malley has “zero tolerance for any type of integrity lapses or corruption.” Yeah, sure, zero tolerance. “Zero tolerance” is when you kick kids off sports teams for drinking underage. Firing the head of security after years of inmates literally running the asylum is just called “Duh.”
But mostly this thing is just too much of a buzzkill for the governor to deal with right now. So he’s leaving most of the work to corrections chief Gary D. Maynard, who has promised to run “integrity reviews” of all detention center staff, and that’s cool. But nothing short of razing the prison to the ground and then salting the earth will be commensurate with the scope of this scandal.
Oh. My. God. Thirteen state prison guards at a Baltimore jail have been indicted for helping imprisoned members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang execute a “drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme from behind bars that involved cash payments, sex and access to fancy cars.”
Four of these guards (all of whom are women, by the way) became pregnant by a single inmate. Four of them. Two of those guards got his name tattooed on their bodies.
The ever-looming Baltimore youth jail — which was to hold juveniles charged as adults — is not going to be built after all. The state, if it gets the approval of the General Assembly, will instead spend $73 million sending more juvenile offenders to treatment programs, more or less per the May 2011 recommendation of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. A facility will still be set up dedicated to holding juveniles charged with violent crimes, but the state plans to “renovate a smaller facility” for that.
Gov. Martin O’Malley says a new youth jail is needed in Baltimore to ensure the relative comfort of the minors who have been tried as adults currently imprisoned in the Baltimore City Detention Center, calling the BCDC “very old and decrepit.” Is that it? I thought it was the inadequate size of the building, or the frequent assaults.