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Jails and Prisons
Mayor Rawlings-Blake speaks to inmates at city jail
Mayor Rawlings-Blake speaks to inmates at city jail

Two dozen inmates sat in a makeshift classroom on a recent afternoon at the Baltimore City Detention Center getting a crash course in civics. Instructor Meg Ward had written Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's name on a whiteboard, explaining the structure of city government and her rise to power. There was a small commotion in the hallway outside, and a surprise guest entered: Rawlings-Blake. For the next 40 minutes, the mayor, perched on the edge of the teacher's desk, discussed how she approaches the city's challenges and works to build consensus. The inmates were prepared with plenty of questions: What are you doing about vacant homes? Are there plans for new recreation...