Jails and Prisons

Assaults climb at Baltimore Central Booking since city jail closing

Assaults climb at Baltimore Central Booking since city jail closing

Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, the first institution people are brought to after being arrested in the city, has seen a spike in assaults since Gov. Larry Hogan closed the City Jail, state statistics show.

Assaults by inmates at Central Booking, both on staff members and on other inmates, jumped in the 12 months that ended June 30.

Few disputed Hogan’s decision to begin shutting down the decrepit and dangerous Baltimore City Detention Center in July 2015 — a process completed this month.

Parts of the state-run facility were more than 100 years old, and its obsolete design made it difficult for officers to monitor inmate behavior. Its porous security invited...

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