Recent reports about juvenile offenders at the Baltimore Detention Center cite Rep.Elijah E. Cummings, state Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden and Del. Jill P. Carter as all having complained that theU.S. Department of Justicehasn't conducted promised inspections of conditions at the facility ("Jail oversight said to be lacking," Aug. 6).
But have Messrs. Cummings and McFadden or Ms. Carter ever inspected the jail themselves? As early as the l770s, the prison reformer John Howard said it was imperative for officials to go into prisons on their own.