Five questions answered about Baltimore jail closure

When the Baltimore jail closes, what will happen to the inmates? Your questions answered:

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 visitation?

Inmates will be moved to other facilities in and around Baltimore. Hogan did not elaborate, declining for security reasons to say which jails would receive prisoners. The state has set up several hotlines for relatives to find out where inmates are being transferred: 410-545-8120, 410-545-8121, 410-545-8128 and 410-545-8129.

"This transition will not negatively impact detainees' access to legal visits," the governor's office said in a statement.

What happens to corrections officers?

The jail's corrections officers will be reassigned, and none are expected to lose their jobs, Hogan said.

What will happen to the jail?

It's not clear whether the building will be demolished or repurposed, but Hogan said the Civil War era facility won't be used as a jail again. "The facility is done ... " he said. "We'll come up with a plan to tear it down or find another use."

How much money will be saved?

Hogan said the move will save taxpayers millions in repairs needed at the building. In the past five years, the state has spent more than $10 million in repairs at the facility.

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