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December 12, 2013
The report this week by a legislative panel on the troubled Baltimore City Detention Center paints a picture of an institution in deep crisis, and it offers a list of common-sense suggestions for how to clean up the mess that need to be taken seriously. The recommendation that the state prioritize its long-range plan to replace the antiquated facility at a cost of $533 million has gotten much of the attention, but fortunately, most of the items in the report are easier to implement - and possibly more consequential.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
A state legislative commission endorsed a half-billion dollar plan on Wednesday to knock down the troubled Baltimore jail and rebuild it, lending new weight to a longstanding idea that languished for years as the Civil War-era facility continued to age. The panel of state senators and delegates, convened in the wake of an FBI investigation into widespread smuggling and corruption at the jail, said in a report that the facility's outdated...
NEWS
December 10, 2013
While Maryland officials remain at odds about implementing poor people's constitutional guarantee to counsel at first appearances ("Maryland has an opportunity to lead the way in bail reform," Nov. 29), the judiciary can help break the logjam and demonstrate the benefits of taking a humanitarian approach toward the people expected to spend Christmas and New Year's in jail while awaiting trial on non-violent charges. Maryland law requires every administrative judge to conduct a weekly review of the pretrial jail population.
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December 4, 2013
John Waters has spoken. The best film of 2013 is "Spring Breakers," which featured "Disney tween starlets" Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens "undulating, snorting cocaine and going to jail in bikinis. " Throw in a drag queen and some dog poop and "Spring Breakers" starts to sound like a film the Baltimore cult director could have made himself. Some of the year's other best movies, Waters tells Artforum magazine, include "Abuse of Weakness" starring Isabelle Huppert, his favorite actress, in "weirdly glamorous orthopedic shoes" and "Blackfish," which he describes as a "whale snuff-film documentary that'll make you root for the kidnapped killer mammal and wish he had eaten alive Sea World's evil owners.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
A National Guardsman who was charged in the Baltimore jail smuggling case while deployed to Afghanistan was arrested Tuesday in Waco, Texas, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Derrick Jones, 41, a K-9 officer, was charged in the sprawling case last month, accused of smuggling phones and other contraband for Black Guerrilla Family gang members incarcerated at the Baltimore City Detention Center. But before the charges were filed Jones had shipped to Afghanistan with his Maryland National Guard unit.
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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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By Craig DeRoche and Benjamin Todd Jealous | November 25, 2013
Government shutdown. Hyper-partisanship. Ideological warfare. Gridlock in Congress. While those are four things that too many associate with Washington, the reality is that along the banks of the Potomac, sensible minds from across the political and ideological spectrums are coming together in the most unexpected area of governance: criminal justice. Justice is the ideal pursued, albeit imperfectly, in our nation's founding documents and advanced through time by our greatest leaders.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Maryland Republicans will consider what insiders are calling "the Don Dwyer Resolution" that encourages elected officials to resign if convicted of a crime that carries jail time. The proposal, which informally references Anne Arundel County Del. Don Dwyer and his 60-day sentence for alcohol-related offenses, is one of four resolutions submitted for the party's rank-and-file to consider as the Maryland GOP convenes in Annapolis for its fall convention this weekend. Earlier drafts of the resolution said the Maryland Republican Party would not support or endorse candidates who had served time in jail, but the revised version under consideration Friday night only applied elected officials incarcerated during their time in office.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
Baltimore CitiWatch surveillance cameras helped thwart a jail smuggling attempt on Sunday, state corrections officials reported. Early Sunday, state correctional workers monitoring the city's crime cameras posted around the Baltimore City Detention Center downtown watched a trio try to pass a package into the jail using a rope corrections officials said a detainee had sent down outside the institution's walls. Baltimore police swooped in and arrested Perry Davenport, 53, and Sierra Johnson, 28, and charged each with nine criminal counts including possession and attempt to deliver a controlled dangerous substance and conspiracy to deliver a telecommunication device to an inmate.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
The former counselor at the Fort Meade Youth Center who is accused of sexually abusing two boys remains in federal custody after his new lawyer didn't attend a detention hearing on Friday. The detention hearing for Anthony Dennis Williams II has been rescheduled for Tuesday at U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The 27-year-old Severn man has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor. He is accused of abusing two boys in 2010 and 2011. Williams hired Washington attorney Sheryl Robinson Wood Friday to represent him, but she was at a hearing in the District of Columbia at the same time as Williams' hearing in Baltimore.
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