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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Pre-paid cards, phones and codes are inmates' currency
Pre-paid cards, phones and codes are inmates' currency

In the black market of Maryland's prisons and jails, where the right price can secure cellphones and drugs, transactions unfold through a complex system of currency. Among the key elements: 14-digit codes, prepaid debit cards and text messages. One brand of cards — Green Dot — is so ubiquitous that it has become part of the lexicon on the inside. The recent federal indictment of two dozen inmates and corrections officers in an alleged Black Guerrilla Family corruption scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center notes several instances in which suspects refer to "dots" in transactions. Corrections officials have fought for years against illicit commerce...

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