| May 9, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday that he would expand the use of technology to block cell phone calls in Maryland corrections facilities, part of a set of reforms designed to "root out corruption" after a federal indictment alleged widespread gang...
| May 12, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's announcement of several actions he is taking to combat jailhouse corruption in the wake of the Black Guerrilla Family scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center is a positive step. It certainly would have instilled more...
| Apr 27, 2013
| 2:39 PM
Corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center were preparing for a middle-of-the-night search of jail cells, aimed at rooting out drugs, cellphones, weapons and any other contraband inmates had stashed away. But the officers weren't the only...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 7:23 PM
Tavon White, the accused Baltimore jailhouse leader of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations that he oversaw a corruption scheme that employed corrections officers to smuggle drugs, cellphones and other contraband...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 6:15 PM
As critics of Martin O'Malley sensed a new political vulnerability, the governor insisted Tuesday that last week's indictment of inmates and correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center was "a positive achievement" in Maryland's fight...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 4:18 PM
The inmates' requests often start small, former corrections officers say: a ballpoint pen, for example, or a sandwich from beyond the prison walls.
"You may think it's insignificant," said former Cpl. Sheila Hill, who retired last year from the Patuxent...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 12:56 PM
Give Gov. Martin O'Malley points for chutzpah.
Just back from a weeklong trip to Israel, during which he was inexplicably unable to comment on the goings-on back home, he gave his first response today to the federal indictments unsealed a week before...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 3:00 AM
When criminal prosecutors at the U.S. Department of Justice found that giant bank HSBC — whose American operation is chartered in Maryland — had violated money-laundering laws covering $200 trillion in transactions, and with customers...
| May 1, 2013
| 2:23 PM
With a straight face, the Maryland governor says the sex-and-drugs scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center, including the alleged corruption of 13 corrections officers, is a "positive achievement." He claims his corrections secretary, Gary Maynard,...
| May 2, 2013
| 7:32 AM
With the state corrections system already under scrutiny, the Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved a $40,000 settlement with a former inmate of the Baltimore jail who claimed he was assaulted by gang members for not assisting with a drug...
| May 8, 2013
| 5:37 PM
Months before a federal indictment detailed allegations of corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center, the smuggling and sexual improprieties at the core of that case had already been outlined in an inmate's lawsuit.
Calvin Hemphill, in a...
| May 11, 2013
| 2:12 PM
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.