Tag: prison scandal

New Yorker Writer Hung Out at North Ave. McDonald’s to Get Sources for His Story on Jail Corruption



If you read Jeffrey Toobin’s New Yorker article on the Baltimore jail scandal (which you should! it’s fascinating!), you may have wondered how he got so many people to open up about what it’s like inside the Baltimore City Detention Center. It turns out it wasn’t that hard at all: He went to McDonald’s.

Sure, Cellphones in Prison Are Bad, but What About Tablets?


Gansler (500x412)

So, yeah, when inmates at the Baltimore City Detention Center had access to cellphones, that was bad. But is it  too soon to propose a program that gives inmates access to Android tablets? Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler doesn’t seem to think so. The gubernatorial candidate sees tablet computers as part of the solution to the “revolving door” of the prison system.

And revolve it does! According to the Baltimore Sun, somewhere around half of former inmates are back in prison within three years of their release. Gansler envisions a system in which tablet computers give inmates access to the Maryland library system and educational programs to better prepare them for a return to society.

In arguing against conventional prison libraries, Gansler asks that we look at a certain 1994 Tim Robbins / Morgan Freeman as a cautionary tale. He says the kind of contraband smuggling that characters in The Shawshank Redemption carry out through the brick-and-mortar library would be eliminated by switching to tablets.

Don’t Worry, Baltimore’s Prison “Cellphone Crisis” Nearly Solved!



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.

“You Call This Prison?”


Media outlets nationwide are looking with understandable disbelief at the Baltimore Prison Scandal.  Baltimore already suffers from an image as a crime-ridden cesspool of corruption, and the charges of inmates fathering babies with guards, expensive vodka delivery to gang leaders and more only makes matters worse.  As the below article posted this morning on The Daily Beast points out, details of the prison scandal would “strain the credulity of HBO.”   We have to agree. -The Eds.

(Published April 26 at 4:45 a.m. on The Daily Beast)

By David Freelander

To call Gary Maynard embattled doesn’t do full justice to the word.

Maryland Prison Chief Gary Maynard. Photo courtesy The Daily Beast.
Maryland Prison Chief Gary Maynard. Photo courtesy The Daily Beast.

The secretary of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services watched this week as the agency he has run for the last six years turned into a national laughingstock after federal officials indicted 13 women who, as guards at the Baltimore City Detention Center, acted like little more than underlings for members of a dangerous prison gang, the Black Guerrilla Family. Four of the correctional officers became reportedly pregnant by the leader of the gang, and two of them had his name tattooed onto their bodies—one on her neck, the other on her wrist.

But in a nearly 90-minute conversation in his office, Maynard, whom state lawmakers have called on to step down, vigorously defended his tenure, saying that it was he who brought in federal investigators once it was revealed that the gang so controlled Baltimore’s jail.

Change Maryland Calls for Gov. O’Malley to Return to Annapolis, Address Prison Situation



Courtesy Citybizlist – Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan called on Gov. Martin O’Malley to cut short his international travel, return from the Middle East and postpone his musings about running for President until he has addressed a serious issue of major corruption in the state’s prison system. More than a dozen Maryland state prison guards helped a dangerous national gang operate a criminal enterprise from behind bars according to federal prosecutors.