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From the archives: Closing the Baltimore City jail

The Baltimore City Detention Center dates back to 1858, and in recent years has cited for concerns over crumbling infrastructure, overcrowding and mismanagement. 

  • After closing Baltimore's jail, Md.'s new corrections chief eyes other reforms

    After closing Baltimore's jail, Md.'s new corrections chief eyes other reforms

    The cells inside the Baltimore City Detention Center are decrepit — with two detainees confined in a space barely big enough for one. The showers are filthy. The plumbing frequently leaks. "I could barely stomach it," Stephen T. Moyer, the state corrections secretary, said while walking through...

  • More than 253 corrections employees arrested since 2013

    More than 253 corrections employees arrested since 2013

    More than 253 employees at Maryland's corrections department have been arrested since January 2013, and more than 200 of them are still employed, the department head told state officials Wednesday. Stephen Moyer, secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, spoke...

  • Advocates cheer jail closure, but say concerns remain

    Advocates cheer jail closure, but say concerns remain

    Jail reform advocates on Friday cheered Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to close the long-troubled Baltimore City Detention Center but said concerns about the city's correctional complex remain. Officials from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Justice Center, who have sued the state...

  • What you need to know about the Baltimore jail's checkered history

    What you need to know about the Baltimore jail's checkered history

    When the Baltimore City Jail opened in 1859, one spectator called it "the handsomest jail I ever saw." But praise for the Gothic Revival-style facility at 410 E. Eager St. did not last. By 1885, The Baltimore Sun was reporting complaints about "lack of accommodations," and politicians, advocates...

  • Five questions answered about Baltimore jail closure

    Five questions answered about Baltimore jail closure

    When is the Men's Detention Center at the Baltimore jail being shut down? Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered the jail closed "immediately," but he said it will likely take a few weeks to transfer the 1,092 male inmates, including 845 awaiting trial, to other facilities. What happens to the inmates and...

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