Last August, Baltimore police made the city safer by taking a 21-year-old man they dubbed the city’s “No. 1 trigger puller” off the streets. This past weekend, that same suspect was mistakenly let out of jail for the better part of a day due to an error by corrections officers.
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When it came to light that the Baltimore City Detention Center was the site of a scandal worthy of being adapted into a blockbuster crime thriller — featuring corrupt corrections officers aiding incarcerated gang leaders, and even sleeping with them — Maryland Corrections Secretary Gary D. Maynard was on the shortlist of people to blame.
But in a very persuasive opinion piece at Maryland Reporter, Barry Rascovar argues not only that Maynard is not to blame for the corruption that pervaded the Baltimore jail, but that he should be given full credit for putting it to rout — and that in fact the unfortunate political position he now finds himself in is a testament to his honesty, dedication, and class.
As Rascovar would have it, when Maynard’s department first uncovered evidence of corruption among BCDC staff, he could have taken a politically convenient approach: made a few arrests and held a self-congratulatory press conference. Instead, he invited the FBI to aid in a deeper investigation aimed at fixing the system once and for all. Rascovar credits “grandstanding” from the FBI (specifically a “flashy press conference” that downplayed Maryland’s role in initiating the probe) with making Maynard look like he was sitting on his hands, or worse, oblivious to the criminal activity.
Prison officials won’t confirm that these photos are legit, but it certainly looks like an inmate at the Baltimore City Detention Center is posting photos to his Instagram account on a contraband cellphone that we’ve gone to the trouble of training dogs to sniff out. The pictures aren’t particularly exciting — one man or several men standing around in prison — but it’s one more embarrassment for a system embroiled in a scandal so terrible it’s almost silly.
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.