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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 Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
Drivers have reported that new cell phone blocking technology at the Baltimore City Detention Center may be extending beyond the jail's walls, despite assurances to the contrary. Three people have told The Baltimore Sun that they were using their cell phones in the past week and a half while driving near the jail and that their calls were interrupted with a recording that said they were using an unauthorized or illegal device. State officials on Friday announced the new cell phone blocking technology, which is intended to stop inmates from directing criminal schemes while behind bars.
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By Michael Dresser and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
State officials say they have blocked service at the Baltimore City Detention Center for the contraband cellphones that have long fueled gang activity there. Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to announce Friday the recent activation of a "managed access" system, which officials say is already blocking unauthorized calls by inmates. State officials say the phones have been an essential tool for criminals inside the antiquated facility. Authorities say Black Guerrilla Family leader Tavon White used them to direct a contraband smuggling scheme, transfer payments and alert associates of planned searches.
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By Ian Duncan and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
In a shoebox of a courtroom at Baltimore's central booking facility on a recent day, Judge Nicole Pastore Klein worked swiftly to determine the price of freedom for men and women accused of crimes. Attempting to disarm a police officer: $150,000. Burglary, resisting arrest and drug charges: $100,000. Cocaine possession: $25,000. Some will go free within the day, while others will likely sit in jail until their day in court. But that distinction often has less to do with the size of their bail than their ability to pay it. The man charged with trying to disarm a police officer posted his bail that day, even after Pastore Klein cited a "risk to public safety" in setting the amount.
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January 16, 2014
A corrections officer and a gang leader are headed back to the playland where their convoluted romance began ("Couple are sentenced in city jail scandal," Jan. 15). Taryn Kirkland, a corrections officer, had a tryst with Steven Loney, a Black Guerrilla Family leader. Now, ironically, they are headed back to prison where their dime store-paperback liaison began. Why does it seem that occurrences like this only happen in the state of Maryland? An accomplished writer of fiction novels truly couldn't top this.
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December 21, 2013
The recommendation of a Maryland legislative commission to spend $533 million to replace part of the Baltimore City Detention Center should not be a priority in fixing the problems at the jail. A far more important goal would be to reduce overcrowding at the jail more quickly ( "Lawmakers call for replacement of Baltimore jail," Dec. 11). The incarceration rate in Baltimore City, according to a 2010 Sun report, was 6.3 per 1,000 residents, making it the second highest rate in the country after New Orleans.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
A Halethorpe man charged in his girlfriend's death was found dead in his jail cell last month, closing the case, court records show. County officials said Roland Damie Haywood, 43, was found at 3:06 a.m. on Nov 19, for an apparent suicide at the Baltimore County Detention Center. He was taken to University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Haywood's trial was scheduled for Feb. 18. On May 17, Baltimore County tactical officers forced their way into his home in the 4700 block of Belwood Green, where they found Haywood unconscious next to Kathleen Washington, 45, in an upstairs bedroom, according to charging documents.
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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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December 14, 2013
To anyone with the gift of vision, it's obvious the Baltimore City Detention Center is an outdated building in every sense of the word ( "Replace city jail, lawmakers urge," Dec. 12). Sure, to raze the current building and rebuild with modern-era enhancements is a much-needed move. But that's only a part of the battle to be fought regarding the incarceration dilemma that hovers over the city like a fanatical nightmare. If the new building is erected, the X factor still comes down to those who will be put in place to run it, from the top down.
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December 13, 2013
The sudden resignation of Gary D. Maynard as secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has huge implications both immediate as well as a few years down the road ( "State public safety and corrections secretary stepping down," Dec. 10). The immediate impact points to the instability of Mr. Maynard's leadership - or lack of it - as state and federal authorities continue their investigation of an alleged takeover of the Baltimore City Detention Center by the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang.
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