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June 14, 1994
It is an open secret that homosexual rape in prisons by inmates of other inmates is widespread and, in many cases, taken lightly if not ignored by wardens and guards. A judiciary that has attempted to deal with brutality by prison guards and with cell size, prison menus and even passive tobacco smoke has yet to deal with this much more serious problem in a forceful and effective way. Until now -- maybe.The Supreme Court ruled last week in a case involving rape that "a prison official cannot be found liable under the Eighth Amendment unless the official knows of and disregards an excessive risk to inmate health or safety; the official must both be aware of facts from which the inference could be drawn that a substantial risk of serious harm exists, and he must draw that inference."
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NEWS
October 11, 1990
Is a prison clerk being made a scapegoat for the failure of prison officials to keep convicted robber John Thanos behind bars? Did officials rush to release Thanos, who is accused of killing three people after being freed, simply to relieve prison overcrowding?One investigation already has been completed, another is in progress and a third probe soon may be launched by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to determine why Thanos was let go 18 months early. Officials admit a new early-release policy was mistakenly applied to the convicted robber and rapist.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Three men who were sexually abused by a church youth-ministry leader years ago experienced a measure of justice Wednesday as they confronted their abuser in court, read emotion-charged statements about how his crimes have damaged their lives, and heard a judge sentence him to 16 years in prison. Jediah Tanguay, 33; Benjamin Tanguay, 31; and Roger Robbins, 30, were minors in the 1990s when Raymond Fernandez, then a longtime youth leader at Greater Grace World Outreach Church in East Baltimore, has admitted he molested them.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2010
— Shortly after Tyrone Hall was sentenced Wednesday for the fatal shooting of Brandon Carroll and the wounding of Ellis Hartridge Jr., the families and friends of all three young men involved in the incident last April stood outside Allegany Circuit Court. Some cried openly; others seethed quietly. Neither side seemed satisfied with Judge W. Timothy Finan's decision to send the 21-year-old Glen Burnie man to prison for five years. "Is it fair? Somebody died, so somebody had to pay," Hall's father, Tyrone Sr., said as he fought back tears.
NEWS
January 9, 1992
The recession might be acting as a drag on many Maryland industries, but there is one area where business is booming: state prisons. Inmates are filling up new cells as fast as they can be built. And there's no end in sight.Maryland added five prison buildings last year, but also added 100 inmates every month. When 1992 began, there were 32,000 inmates in state prisons, Patuxent Institution, the state-run city detention center and county jails. The cost to taxpayers is staggering. Maryland's public safety expenses are expected to top $640 million this year.
NEWS
March 14, 2007
Despite some progress, Maryland's mandatory minimum sentences are still too harsh, particularly on African-American defendants, and they don't allow enough low-level drug offenders to get treatment, which would be more helpful to them and to the public, according to a recent policy study. Legislation pending in the General Assembly would help address these concerns and deserves to be passed. Like many states, Maryland has relied on firm, fixed punishments as an effective way to fight crime.
NEWS
May 27, 1993
Seven years into his job as Maryland's public safety secretary, Bishop L. Robinson has reversed course: he's now a fan of alternatives to the state's costly prison expansion plan. He says he would like to see 30 percent of the state's inmates dealt with through non-incarceration.We applaud Mr. Robinson's turnaround. It makes no sense to build a seemingly endless chain of large new prisons. The expense to taxpayers is enormous and the results are counter-productive: prisons don't stop criminals from returning to their former lifestyles once they are released.
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By Russell Baker | May 28, 1991
MAYBE the most exciting play on Broadway just now is about a nation obsessed with locking people up and throwing away the key. It opens with a lashing: 50 strokes across a bare back. At first we seem to be in one of the deeper pits of hell, and metaphorically speaking, that is indeed the setting for the entire play, "Our Country's Good."The country of this bitterly ironic title is not modern America, but the England that has just lost its American colonies and, with them, a conveniently remote continent to provide a cheap solution to its prison problem.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2004
With a public apology from the governor, the state agreed yesterday to pay Michael Austin $1.4 million for the 27 years he spent in prison for a murder he did not commit. Along with the payments, which will be spread out over 10 years, the Board of Public Works approved money for Austin to seek financial counseling. The award was the largest the state has ever made to an exonerated prisoner. "This board has been asked under the state finance and procurement act to value days, to value time spent behind bars for no reason, for inappropriate reasons, for unlawful reasons," Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. told Austin.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,Sun Staff Writer | February 4, 1995
The state prison built to hold the "worst of the worst" Maryland criminals is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice after complaints of harassment and beatings of inmates and other cruel conditions.Justice Department spokeswoman Lee P. Douglass confirmed the investigation of the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center, known as Supermax. She said lawyers from the department's civil rights division had received "numerous" complaints, but she would not describe them or say who made them.
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