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Slipping through the cracks
Slipping through the cracks

Officials at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center say they still don't know why a man being held on murder charges was mistakenly allowed to walk out of the facility last week — or why it took authorities two days to discover the error. Given all the problems over the last year with corrupt guards conspiring with inmates to smuggle contraband into the nearby Baltimore City Detention Center — also run by the state corrections department — one would think officials would be working overtime to tighten security procedures throughout the system. Yet the mix-up that resulted in the alleged killer's escape appears to have stemmed not from any...