A corrections officer and a gang leader are headed back to the playland where their convoluted romance began ("Couple are sentenced in city jail scandal," Jan. 15). Taryn Kirkland, a corrections officer, had a tryst with Steven Loney, a Black Guerrilla Family leader. Now, ironically, they are headed back to prison where their dime store-paperback liaison began.

Why does it seem that occurrences like this only happen in the state of Maryland? An accomplished writer of fiction novels truly couldn't top this.

The so-called romance between the two is a painful indication that the corrections system in our state begs for not just a tweaking, but a total overhaul. Otherwise, incidents like this will become cyclical. It is also a major embarrassment to all the corrections officers who do not cross the line of ethical impropriety and lawlessness.

If only the clueless former Maryland Corrections Chief Gary Maynard and globe-trotting Gov. Martin O'Malley had done their due diligence all along, this monster may have never reared its despicable head.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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