Who was in charge at the city detention center?

Lots of questions about BGF, Tavon White and his alleged baby mamas

Baltimore City Detention Center

Outside the Baltimore City Detention Center (Baltimore Sun photo by Robert K. Hamilton / April 23, 2013)

I have lots of questions about the Black Guerrilla Family case, starting with this: Was the warden of the Baltimore City Detention Center asked to approve maternity leave for any of the female correctional officers allegedly impregnated by inmate Tavon "Bulldog" White?

I thought it was a pretty good question.

A taxpayer's question.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, White got four of his jailers pregnant. (Do you think these women knew what was going on before the indictment came down? Do you think they all got along and attended Lamaze class together?)

If the indictment is correct, if female prison guards fraternized with an inmate to the point of pregnancy — a couple of them had White's name tattooed on their bodies, the feds say — then I don't want to hear that they asked for paid maternity leave.

Don't tell us that.

Bad enough that White pretty much ran the jail, according to the indictment.

If his baby mamas — excuse me, his alleged baby mamas — had the chutzpah to ask for paid maternity leave, that would add insult to injury.

Ricky Foxwell is listed as acting administrator of the detention center.

So I called over there and asked to speak with him.

"You can't just call over here like this," said the man who answered the phone.

"Why not?" I asked.

"You can't just call here and expect to speak directly to the warden."

OK, then, maybe I should ask for Tavon White? Is he still in charge?

The man, who sounded a little aggravated, told me to call a number for "public relations."

So I called that number and got a voice mail.

The recording provided two other numbers. I tried those and received no response from either.

I wrote an email to Ricky Foxwell, and got no response.

I wrote an email for Shavella Miles, who is listed as chief of security at the detention center. That generated an automatic reply that Miles would out be out of the office until Thursday. The quote under Miles' signature was: "Attitude Reflects Leadership."

So, as always, I ended up with Rick Binetti, who serves as spokesman for the state secretary of public safety and correctional services, whose agency runs the detention center.

 
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