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Corruption at city jail is a symptom of America's moral collapse

Apparently Tavon White, the leader of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang at the Baltimore City Detention Center, has been running the prison for some time ("Corruption alleged at jail," April 24).

To connect the dots between violent crime, simply follow the money — it leads to the group's drug trafficking. Power, and the money that generates it, drive illegal businesses.

Excitement, money and power are pumped up on sound systems and flat screen TVs across the country. That makes it sexy to sell and use drugs and even to be a gang member.

Crime exists because crime pays. If you don't believe it, take a look at the tax dollars spent building more prisons in America and to those lobbying to privatize America's prisons. For prisons to be for-profit institutions is the real crime.

This isn't just about crime in Baltimore's prisons or the lack of ethics inside the penitentiaries and the need to investigate corruption for another seven years. It is bigger and far worse than that.

Ethical practice has run amok in America or we would equip our law enforcement agencies with the training, manpower and resources to put an end to the so-called "war on drugs."

Virginia Kerr, Chestertown

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