Polygraph tests for city jail leaders begin

Tests administered to three officials; more could be coming

April 28, 2013|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

Polygraph tests for three top officials at the Baltimore City Detention Center began Sunday, in an effort to determine the extent of the corruption federal investigators allege plagued the jail.

Rick Binetti, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, declined to comment Sunday on the outcome of the polygraph tests for interim jail administrator Ricky Foxwell and two deputy administrators. The corrections department's internal affairs unit and Maryland State Police investigators administered the polygraphs, and the information gleaned from them could factor into potential disciplinary actions or the decision to prosecute.

On Friday, state corrections secretary Gary D. Maynard ordered the polygraphs for the three administrators, as well as "integrity reviews" for all employees of the city jail. Corrections officials say more employees could be administered polygraphs.

Maynard said he could also use the polygraphs to investigate possible corruption in other state corrections facilities, saying the tests could clear the names of good employees while identifying the bad.

Maynard set up shop in the city jail last week after an unsealed federal indictment implicated more than two dozen inmates and corrections officers in an alleged scheme that allowed the Black Guerrilla Family gang to operate unchecked in the facility. Thirteen corrections officers were charged in the scheme, which involved the smuggling of drugs and other contraband, including cellphones, into the jail. Maynard has taken responsibility and pledged to fix the problems that led to the alleged corruption.

Tavon White, alleged to be the gang's leader of the jail, claimed to wield significant power and impregnated four corrections officers, according to the indictment.



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