But House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell questioned why state officials were not ready with specific reforms if they knew about the scope of corruption ahead of time.
"I'm not buying that whatsoever," said O'Donnell, a Calvert County Republican. "I think Maryland has a pernicious problem that has never truly been addressed. … What corrective action was taken before this occurred?"
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the criminal actions detailed in the indictment "dangerous" and "unsettling."
"I'm very pleased the indictments were made," she said. "This is something that had been rumored. It's certainly dangerous when we think that we're putting criminals behind bars to serve time yet they're still in business. ... It works against our efforts to make Baltimore safer."
Maynard said Wednesday that he was first briefed on the federal allegations Monday evening.
Now that the indictment has been filed, he said, officials will review policies on the way officers are screened when they arrive for their shifts, an issue federal investigators singled out for criticism.
"There will be other personnel actions taken as we work up through the chain of command," he said. "Obviously we'll look at the entrance procedures. We're going to look at the overarching policies."
Maynard said his concerns about the detention center had been mounting since last year, independent of the investigation. The top administrator at the jail was recently replaced, he said. Jail officials had identified White as a problem and planned to move him to another facility, but the FBI asked his department to wait until concluding its investigation, he said.
Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat who is running for attorney general, said investigators were "smart not to breathe a word of the investigation."
Frosh, who chairs the Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee, said that with new state laws about gang involvement and stiffer penalties for bringing contraband into jails, there is not much more the legislature should do to respond to the indictment. "No one has said so far if we only had 'x' or we had 'y,' we could have cracked the case sooner or we could have put them away from longer."
White has now been transferred, according to the corrections department.
Appearing at a state court hearing Wednesday morning on an attempted-murder charge, White was led before the judge by at least nine security officers but still managed a smile for family members in the room. His trial was postponed until June.