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By Peter Hermann | March 13, 2012
A 20-year-old man was sentenced to spend 55 years in prison for a shooting that authorities said missed its target and instead injured a 10-year-old boy in East Baltimore. Circuit Court Judge Emanuel Brown issued the sentence on Tuesday for Dafon Canty, who was convicted during a trial that ended in January. The judge suspended all but 55 years of a life term. The shooting occurred Aug. 19 in the 1100 block of North Lakewood Ave. Prosecutors said Canty approached Terrell Singleton, who was sitting on the steps of a home, to avenge an earlier argument.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
A 28-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for murdering a Marine last year after a fight at a house party, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. Michael Wiggins, of the 2400 block of Maisel Court, stabbed Pvt. Darius Ray at a celebration for the Marine's 20 t h birthday. Wiggins was convicted in October of murder, assault and related counts. Two other men involved in the altercation were convicted of assault. "While I am gratified by the conviction and life sentence, I continue to mourn the loss of a young man who was dedicating his life to our nation and the protection of others," Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said in a statement.
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March 6, 2008
For those who had any doubts about the need to shut down the Maryland House of Correction last year, a hearing this week in an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court should convince them it was the right decision. Lawyers for two inmates charged in the murder of Correctional Officer David McGuinn are trying to show that a culture of corruption inside the Jessup prison contributed to the guard's death. And prison investigative reports they have received so far allege misconduct that went beyond a few insiders.
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By Peter Hermann | May 30, 2012
Demetrius Alvin Boyd picked the wrong place to fall asleep -- in his Toyota, stopped in a travel lane of a highway, passed out at the wheel with his foot on the brake.  Awakened by a U.S. Park Police officer patrolling the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Greenbelt, Boyd ran into a problem other than needing shut-eye. He had been drinking alcohol, had 17 small bags filled with marijuana and a loaded .45 caliber handgun, reported stolen, tucked in his waistband. On Wednesday, a federal judge in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt sentenced the 35-year-old Boyd, of Laurel, to four years in prison for the drugs, another six months for driving under the influence, followed by two years of supervised probation once he's released.
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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
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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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.
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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.
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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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