Sun Coverage: Black Guerrilla Family

First sentence handed down in BGF jail corruption case

7:52 PM EST, January 8, 2014

First sentence handed down in BGF jail corruption case

A federal judge ordered a former corrections officer behind bars for smuggling drugs into the Baltimore jail at the behest of the Black Guerrilla Family — the first sentence in a case that revealed the gang's takeover of the facility.

Second corrections officer pleads guilty in jail smuggling case

6:40 PM EDT, September 17, 2013

Second corrections officer pleads guilty in jail smuggling case

Corrections officer Katera Stevenson, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a racketeering charge, admitting her part in a Black Guerrilla Family gang network that smuggled drugs and other contraband into the Baltimore jail.

Family watched, helpless, as gang took their son

8:31 PM EDT, August 6, 2013

Family watched, helpless, as gang took their son

Barbara Poindexter saw the death of her son coming.

Gang leader Tavon White pleads guilty in jail scheme

6:44 PM EDT, August 6, 2013

Gang leader Tavon White pleads guilty in jail scheme

The Black Guerrilla Family gang leader at the center of a corruption scandal in the Baltimore City Detention Center pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal racketeering conspiracy charges, then admitted to the state's allegations of attempted murder that originally landed him in jail

BGF gang's reach extends well beyond Baltimore detention center

9:29 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

BGF gang's reach extends well beyond Baltimore detention center

As Tyrone Brown sat in his jail cell at the Baltimore County Detention Center late last year, awaiting trial for the murder of a man in a Towson Town Center parking garage, he kept busy in part by smoking marijuana and memorizing contraband writings of the Black Guerrilla Family — the same gang prosecutors say he killed to become a part of.

Baltimore Detention Center security chief fighting dismissal

8:36 PM EDT, May 28, 2013

Baltimore Detention Center security chief fighting dismissal

The former security chief at the Baltimore City Detention Center is fighting her dismissal, her lawyer said Tuesday, arguing that she was used as a scapegoat in the wake of a federal corruption indictment that targeted corrections officers and inmates.

O'Malley forms city task force to look into jail corruption

10:30 PM EDT, May 27, 2013

O'Malley forms city task force to look into jail corruption

A month after a federal indictment alleged widespread corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center, Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday announced a new task force charged with pushing the inquisition further.

O'Malley promises corrections reform as GOP calls for audit

8:21 PM EDT, May 9, 2013

O'Malley promises corrections reform as GOP calls for audit

Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday that he would expand the use of technology to block cell phone calls in Maryland corrections facilities, part of a set of reforms designed to "root out corruption" after a federal indictment alleged widespread gang activity at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

BGF jail corruption alleged months before indictment

8:37 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

BGF jail corruption alleged months before indictment

Months before a federal indictment detailed allegations of corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center, the smuggling and sexual improprieties at the core of that case had already been outlined in an inmate's lawsuit.

Security chief at Baltimore City Detention Center removed

11:52 PM EDT, May 7, 2013

Security chief at Baltimore City Detention Center removed

State officials said Tuesday they removed the security chief at the Baltimore City Detention Center in the wake of a federal indictment that alleged an extensive smuggling scheme involving gang members and officers at the facility.

State approves settlement to ex-inmate amid corrections scrutiny

10:32 AM EDT, May 2, 2013

State approves settlement to ex-inmate amid corrections scrutiny

With the state corrections system already under scrutiny, the Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved a $40,000 settlement with a former inmate of the Baltimore jail who claimed he was assaulted by gang members for not assisting with a drug dealing operation.

O'Malley sees success in jail indictments, but critics take aim

9:15 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

O'Malley sees success in jail indictments, but critics take aim

'Positive achievement' or 'disgraceful failure'?

O'Malley calls jail indictments 'a positive development'

12:18 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

O'Malley calls jail indictments 'a positive development'

Governor stands firmly behind state prisons chief.

Tavon White, alleged jailhouse gang leader, pleads not guilty

10:23 PM EDT, April 29, 2013

Tavon White, alleged jailhouse gang leader, pleads not guilty

Accused corrections officer Tiffany Linder also arraigned.

Polygraph tests for city jail leaders begin

9:54 PM EDT, April 28, 2013

Polygraph tests for city jail leaders begin

Tests administered to three officials; more could be coming.

Black Guerrilla prison story putting national media pressure on O'Malley

11:46 AM EDT, April 28, 2013

Z on TV: Black Guerrilla prison story putting national media pressure on O'Malley

From Fox News to NPR, questions raised about governor's focus, future.

Black Guerrilla story gets full Fox treatment from Geraldo, O'Reilly

12:19 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

Z on TV: Black Guerrilla story gets full Fox treatment from Geraldo, O'Reilly

As if prison gang indictment wasn't mind blowing enough without their spin.

Investigators say gang turned city jail into 'stronghold'

5:39 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

Investigators say gang turned city jail into 'stronghold'

Corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center were preparing for a middle-of-the-night search of jail cells, aimed at rooting out drugs, cellphones, weapons and any other contraband inmates had stashed away. But the officers weren't the only ones getting ready.

Maynard praised as tough, capable prison administrator

4:38 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

Maynard praised as tough, capable prison administrator

In a career that's spanned more than four decades in four states, Gary D. Maynard has dealt with inmate sex scandals, prison riots, suicides and shrinking public safety budgets.

Top jail officials to be polygraphed following gang indictment

10:22 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

Top jail officials to be polygraphed following gang indictment

Maynard moves office to Baltimore City Detention Center to oversee sweeping review.

Report warned of jail officer's alleged gang ties in 2006

9:53 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

Report warned of jail officer's alleged gang ties in 2006

One of the corrections officers accused this week of helping Black Guerrilla Family members smuggle drugs into a Baltimore jail was flagged seven years ago for alleged gang ties.

BGF gang indictment leads to state hearings

4:59 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

BGF gang indictment leads to state hearings

Allegations that a cabal of Black Guerrilla Family gang members effectively took over the Baltimore City Detention Center have prompted a rare out-of-session legislative hearing on the state's prison system.

Who was in charge at the city detention center?

7:53 PM EDT, April 24, 2013

Dan Rodricks: Who was in charge at the city detention center?

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?

Maryland lawmakers call for answers on alleged jail corruption involving BGF

10:04 PM EDT, April 24, 2013

Maryland lawmakers call for answers on alleged jail corruption involving BGF

Maryland lawmakers called Wednesday for a sweeping inquiry into the state prison system, amid allegations that a gang effectively took over the Baltimore City Detention Center, orchestrating crimes from behind bars and impregnating female correctional officers who helped smuggle in contraband.

Legal protections for Baltimore corrections officers go too far, FBI says

10:11 PM EDT, April 24, 2013

Legal protections for Baltimore corrections officers go too far, FBI says

Corruption allegations at the Baltimore City Detention Center have focused attention on the extensive "bill of rights" that protects state corrections officers who face disciplinary proceedings.

Federal authorities indict alleged gang members, jail guards

11:01 AM EDT, April 24, 2013

Federal authorities indict alleged gang members, jail guards

A cabal of corrupt corrections officers and members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang enjoyed nearly free rein inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, federal authorities allege, smuggling drugs and cellphones into the jail and having sexual relationships that left four guards pregnant.

Alleged gang member accused of avenging associate's death

9:20 PM EST, March 7, 2013

Alleged gang member accused of avenging associate's death

After Black Guerrilla Family leader Naim King was killed on Halloween 2007, prosecutors say, fellow gang member David Hunter swore to avenge his death.

Robbery sting nets alleged Black Guerilla Family members in West Baltimore

1:10 PM EST, January 7, 2013

Robbery sting nets alleged Black Guerilla Family members in West Baltimore

In Baltimore, authorities are finding that if they can't solve a robbery, the next best thing may be to set one up. 

Batts: Black Guerrilla Family gang 'expanding its reign'

10:44 AM EDT, October 16, 2012

Batts: Black Guerrilla Family gang 'expanding its reign'

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts says that the Black Guerrilla Family gang is spurring much of the recent violence in the city as it tries to expand its reach. 

Gang leader gets five years in federal prison

4:56 PM EST, January 12, 2012

Gang leader gets five years in federal prison

A woman accused of helping oversee the prison-based Black Guerilla Family gang was sentenced to five years in federal prison, federal authorities announced Thursday.

U.S. indicts 22 in Md.-bred prison gang

8:24 PM EDT, November 2, 2011

U.S. indicts 22 in Md.-bred prison gang

Nearly two dozen alleged members of a prison gang that started in Maryland and spread across the country have been indicted on federal racketeering charges, including accusations of murder for hire, armed robbery and drug running, officials announced Wednesday.

BGF member speaks about attempts to infiltrate city government

1:16 PM EST, February 15, 2012

BGF member speaks about attempts to infiltrate city government

Buried at the bottom of today's CityPaper article about the Black Guerrilla Family gang is an eye-opening interview with an anonymous member, spelling out the gang's goal of infiltrating city government by masquerading as an anti-drug, black empowerment movement. 

Program that relies on street credibility fights claims of ties to Black Guerrilla Family

10:59 AM EDT, April 18, 2010

Program that relies on street credibility fights claims of ties to Black Guerrilla Family

Venture out into East Baltimore's McElderry Park neighborhood after a shooting and you're likely to come across Gardnel Carter, a hulking, 48-year-old man who spent two decades in prison for murder.

Counselors accused of ties to Black Guerrilla Family gang

10:50 AM EDT, April 13, 2010

Counselors accused of ties to Black Guerrilla Family gang

Baltimore officials suspended more than $1 million in city funds for anti-violence programs Monday after workers at a West Baltimore community center that has received taxpayer dollars were accused of operating as a front for gang activities.

U.S. indicts 15 in gang, corruption probe

10:29 AM EDT, July 7, 2010

U.S. indicts 15 in gang, corruption probe

A Jessup correctional officer was arrested Tuesday morning on federal drug charges, revealing a sweeping effort to wipe out one of Maryland's most notorious gangs through related racketeering indictments.

Educators endorse Black Guerrilla Family gang leader's book

10:38 AM EDT, May 9, 2009

Educators endorse Black Guerrilla Family gang leader's book

Four local educators - including a two-time Baltimore mayoral candidate - are listed among endorsers of a black empowerment handbook that federal authorities say was written and distributed by the leader of a violent prison gang to spread its message.

Indictments of Black Guerrilla Family prison gang reveal prison crime world

9:59 AM EDT, April 17, 2009

Indictments of Black Guerrilla Family prison gang reveal prison crime world

The court records read like a scene out of Goodfellas: From their prison cells and with the help of corrections staff, authorities say, members of a violent gang were feasting on salmon and shrimp, sipping Grey Goose vodka and puffing fine cigars - all while directing drug deals, extorting protection money from other inmates and arranging attacks on witnesses and rival gang members.

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