Tag: prison

Health Commissioner Wen Presses Need to Treat Baltimore’s Opioid-Addicted Inmates Now

The visitor’s entrance to the Baltimore City Detention Center. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen says Gov. Larry Hogan’s planned study about whether to turn the shuttered Baltimore Men’s Detention Center into a drug treatment facility is unnecessary, as plenty inmates are already suffering from opioid dependence.

UPDATE: Diagrams Show Which Buildings Face Demolition in Baltimore’s Correctional Complex

Diagram via Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services

A planned partial demolition of Baltimore’s correctional complex off of I-83 will bring down an iconic castle-like administration building overlooking E. Madison Street, the turreted west wing of the Metropolitan Transit Center and the men’s and women’s detention centers, according to diagrams from state documents.

Council Bill Would Impose Mandatory One-Year Prison Sentence for Those Carrying Illegal Firearms

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A new measure going before the Baltimore City Council next week would ramp up sentencing requirements for those who illegally possess handguns in the city — the same people who police say are carrying out most of Baltimore’s murders.

With Heather Cook’s First Parole Hearing Approaching, a Letter-Writing Effort Aims to Keep Her in Prison

Heather Cook

Baltimoreans are reacting with surprise and anger to the possibility that former Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook may be released from prison this spring, less than two years after she received a seven-year sentence for a drunk-driving hit-and-run accident that killed a Baltimore cyclist and father of two.

Prisons Are Bad News for Infectious Diseases, Hopkins Study Says



Infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis are major problems in prisons worldwide, a Johns Hopkins study has found.

Someone Committed a Very 21st-Century Crime in Maryland This Week



Over the weekend, police in Cumberland, Maryland arrested two men for trying to smuggle drugs, tobacco, and porn into a maximum security prison. That in itself is not that unusual; what was unique about this case, however, was the method they’d chosen for their smuggling.

“Momentum Is Building” on New 120-Bed Youth Jail in Baltimore City


Right now, included among the inmates at the Baltimore City Detention Center are 43 youths who have been charged and tried as adults — they are kids, convicted of things like “murder, rape, assault, handgun violations and robbery with a deadly weapon.” Maryland has been tasked with improving the conditions these young people endure –which have included “assaults, lax oversight by correction officers, and stifling heat” according to the Sun.

Baltimore’s Seizure-Faking Restaurant Scammer



Sounds like somebody took that book Choke a little too close to heart: police recently released a warning about a seizure-faking restaurant scammer in the Baltimore area. Andrew Palmer (pictured above) has just gotten out of prison and unless he’s made some major life-adjustments, restaurants had better be on the lookout for the 45-year-old.