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January 26, 2007
An article in Wednesday's Howard County Sun said that in order for police to purchase Tasers, the County Council must repeal a law banning their use. Rather than repeal the entire law, the council must carve out an exception for their use among public safety officers, which includes police, sheriff's deputies and corrections officers.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
Management at the Baltimore jail held "town hall meetings" with Black Guerrilla Family gang members to get tips on how to better operate the institution, a former corrections officer told the FBI as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation. The allegation, contained in recently filed court documents, is the latest portrayal of the gang's extensive influence at the jail before federal authorities stepped in last year. Since then, 14 corrections officers and 10 gang members have pleaded guilty.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | January 24, 2002
A state inmate serving 34 years, most for attempted murder, had his prison term increased by eight years yesterday for maiming a correctional officer who said he wanted his attacker to get the maximum 25-year sentence. "I thought I was going to die," said Gregory McGowan, 42, a former correctional sergeant at the Maryland House of Correction, who told Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck that injuries from the Dec. 8, 1999, attack left his left arm weakened and ended his 15-year career in the Division of Corrections.
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March 31, 2014
A minimum security inmate escaped from Dorsey Run Correctional Facility in Jessup early Monday and was captured hours later in the home of an acquaintance. According to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Larence Godfrey escaped at about 4:50 a.m. by scaling a perimeter fence. Officials said he covered razor wire atop the fence with blankets. He was captured around 8 p.m. Facility staff noticed the blankets covering the razor wire at approximately 6:15 a.m., and initiated an inmate count.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | February 17, 1999
The union representing employees at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup is backing efforts by state officials to investigate corrections officers suspected of smuggling drugs into the prison."
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
Two corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center were injured shortly after noon on Wednesday when a detainee refused to enter his cell and a struggle ensued, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said. The inmate, at the jail on drug charges, was being transferred to the cell when he refused to enter it, according to Rick Binetti, a department spokesman. As the two male officers began trying to subdue the inmate, both received minor injuries, Binetti said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | July 19, 1998
If they don't go after their jailers with fists, it's with something worse. Much worse.Encouraged by the Anne Arundel County Detention Center administrators and prosecutors, more and more corrections officers are swearing out charges against the inmates who hit, scratch and throw bodily wastes at them. No longer is it a matter of inmates losing the five days a month they accrue toward early release: They now stand to receive extra time for such assaults."We just decided that enough is enough," said Richard Baker, the detention center superintendent.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2013
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.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,sun reporter | July 27, 2007
A 24-year-old inmate accused of robbing a 74-year-old woman at knifepoint in her Columbia kitchen apparently hanged himself with a bedsheet at the Howard County Detention Center on Wednesday evening, police said yesterday. Brandon I. Reed was the fourth inmate to die by hanging and the fifth inmate who has died at the facility since April 2005. Before that, there had not been a suicide at the detention center since 1999. In response to the first two hangings and an inmate's death from an acute lung infection after a suicide attempt, detention center Director Melanie C. Pereira created a suicide prevention plan that mostly formalized existing practices.
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By GREGORY KANE | September 6, 2006
A knife-wielding inmate stabbed a correctional officer at the Jessup Correctional Institution yesterday. The incident came as nagging questions persist about the stabbing death of another officer at a nearby prison in July. Officer David McGuinn was fatally stabbed by two inmates who, corrections officials tell us, managed to jam the locks to their cells, which allowed them to get out and attack McGuinn at the Maryland House of Correction. Yesterday, another officer was stabbed with a makeshift knife at the JCI - which used to be known as the annex for the Maryland House of Correction.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
The head of security at the Baltimore City Detention Center has resigned, officials said Tuesday, a move that again leaves an important leadership job at the troubled facility vacant. Eric C. Brown started at the jail in September to help clean up after a scathing federal indictment last spring. Prosecutors alleged that female corrections officers had been having sex with jailed gang members and helping them smuggle contraband into the detention center. The job had been open for months after his predecessor's ouster.
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By Quinn Kelley and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
The state corrections department has ousted the warden of a Western Maryland prison who imposed months of restrictions on inmates following a series of attacks on corrections officers. Warden Bobby Shearin said he was placed on administrative leave this week from the maximum-security North Branch Correctional Institution near Cumberland. His termination is effective Feb. 17. Shearin said the move surprised him because he believed he was restoring order to the facility after an August attack on an officer that led to the reassignment of the prison's security chief.
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December 17, 2013
In response to the article "Replace city jail, lawmakers urge" (Dec. 12), are they serious? Half a billion dollars to replace the jail? The jail is not the problem. The jailers are the problem. And the "state legislative commission" is planning to rob every Maryland taxpayer instead of correcting the corrections officers. Ludicrous! Jim Nealey, Severna Park - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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Dan Rodricks | December 12, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, before he went on a nine-day trip to Brazil and El Salvador, Gov. Martin O'Malley pledged that major glitches in Maryland's health insurance exchange would be fixed by mid-December. Well, the governor has returned from the Southern Hemisphere, and guess what? Mid-December is Sunday at noon. So I guess we'll see if our totally excellent governor will be able to deliver a fix like the one the Obama administration appears to have pulled off at the federal level.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
As FBI agents investigating the Black Guerrilla Family gang closed in on a new round of suspects in the Baltimore jail corruption case this fall, one of their targets packed his bags and left the country. Derrick Jones, a corrections department K-9 officer, was shipping out to Afghanistan with the Maryland National Guard. Now authorities are faced with the unusual challenge of how to get him back to Baltimore for trial. One of 14 corrections officers named in charges unsealed last month, Jones stands out because of his long military record as well as his seniority at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
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November 26, 2013
The federal indictments handed down last week against 14 more corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center in a massive jail scandal reinforce questions about whether officials have yet done enough to root out corruption at the facility. The latest indictments come on top of the 13 employees charged in April when the scandal broke and suggest that the wrongdoing there was even more widespread than initially reported. What's still unclear is how far up the chain of command the rot extended and whether all those who bear any responsibility for this mess have been called to account for crimes that apparently went on for years right under their noses.
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By GREGORY KANE | September 30, 2006
An inmate turns out to be a police informant allegedly killed by corrections officers. Corrections officers who were witnesses have sudden attacks of amnesia or sudden memories. Allegations are made of a clique of corrections officers conspiring to finger innocent men. And one alleged Brady violation. Can you believe all these things are connected to one trial? That's what we've learned so far, as former corrections officers Dameon C. Woods, James L. Hatcher and Nathan D.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | January 12, 2001
A 23-year-old inmate at the Maryland House of Corrections Annex in Jessup was fatally stabbed last night as prisoners were returning to their cells after dinner, said a prisons spokesman. Immediately after the attack, the facility in Anne Arundel County was locked down - meaning inmates were confined to their cells and visits were canceled. State investigators were reviewing surveillance tapes, seeking to identify an assailant. The victim's name was withheld pending notification of family members, who live in Washington.
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November 21, 2013
Federal authorities have charged 19 more people with racketeering - 14 of them corrections officers - in the Baltimore City Detention Center gang smuggling case. A new indictment unsealed Thursday alleges that the officers aided Black Guerrilla Family members in smuggling prescription pills, marijuana and cell phones inside the jail walls. None of the activities alleged took place after the original charges against 25 inmates, officers and suppliers were unsealed in April. Eight of the corrections officers charged had previously left the department; the remaining six have been suspended, public safety department officials said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Seven months after the Baltimore City Detention Center was thrust into the national spotlight as a haven for corruption, state corrections officials made the case Thursday that a series of reforms have significantly improved safety at the 150-year-old facility. A long-sought phone-jamming technology system is nearing activation. A network of 230 high-definition cameras has been installed with a nerve center in the office of new jail administrator Ricky Foxwell. Corrections officers now pass through heightened security checks when they clock in for work.
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