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Jails and Prisons

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  • Like many prisoners, police shooting suspect was out early

    Like many prisoners, police shooting suspect was out early
    After Gregg Thomas pleaded guilty in 2004 to killing a teenager, a Baltimore judge ordered him to serve 15 years in prison. He was out in less than 10, and by last week he had been charged in the shooting ambush of off-duty Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith...
  • Isolated confinement [Editorial]

    Isolated confinement  [Editorial]
    In January, Rick Raemisch was brought shackled and handcuffed to a state penitentiary in Colorado and deposited in a 13-by-17-foot cell with nothing in it except a bed, toilet and sink screwed to the floor. His restraints were removed, the door slammed...
  • Isolated confinement and mental illness [Letter]

    Isolated confinement and mental illness [Letter]
    Thanks for your recent editorial highlighting attempts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Maryland and our partner organizations to pass legislation in this year's General Assembly that would require an independent investigation of the use of...
  • The New Yorker examines BGF scandal at the Baltimore jail

    The New Yorker examines BGF scandal at the Baltimore jail
    It's almost a year since federal authorities announced that Tavon White and the Black Guerrilla Family gang had corrupted the Baltimore City Detention Center from the inside out, and this week's New Yorker magazine has an expansive look at the case....
  • O'Malley signs 'Jake's Law,' marijuana decriminalization

    O'Malley signs 'Jake's Law,' marijuana decriminalization
    Of the nearly 150 bills Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law Monday morning, one bore the name of a 5-year-old boy from South Baltimore who died in 2011 after a distracted driver chatting on his cellphone plowed into the back of Jake Owen's family car...
  • Baltimore jail officials give tour of security improvements

    Baltimore jail officials give tour of security improvements
    Seven months after the Baltimore City Detention Center was thrust into the national spotlight as a haven for corruption, state corrections officials made the case Thursday that a series of reforms have significantly improved safety at the 150-year-old...
  • Baltimore jail security chief steps down after brief tenure

    Baltimore jail security chief steps down after brief tenure
    The head of security at the Baltimore City Detention Center has resigned, officials said Tuesday, a move that again leaves an important leadership job at the troubled facility vacant. Eric C. Brown started at the jail in September to help clean up...
  • Bail reform proposals could hurt poor defendants, state argues

    Bail reform proposals could hurt poor defendants, state argues
    State judiciary administrators have asked the state's top court to throw out a landmark ruling that poor defendants have a constitutional right to public defenders at their first bail hearings. The request came this week as lawmakers attempt to respond...
  • Elected officials discuss upcoming General Assembly, county and community health

    Elected officials discuss upcoming General Assembly, county and community health
    There was a slight hint of sadness in the air at last week's annual legislative luncheon hosted by the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce. Of the seven elected officials who spoke at the event, two will retire after the 2014 General Assembly and...
  • A Harford sheriff takes one last walk through his condemned jail

    A Harford sheriff takes one last walk through his condemned jail
    It was 32 years ago when Sheriff William J. Kunkel said farewell to the Sheriff's Office. His stellar supervision had reached its natural conclusion, and he had been appointed chairman of the Maryland Parole Commission, where he served four years of a...
  • Two accused of attempt to smuggle packages into jail via rope

    Two accused of attempt to smuggle packages into jail via rope
    Blocks away from the Baltimore City Detention Center and well after midnight, a man in a blue "No. 11" sports jersey clutched a package and made his way toward the jail. As he approached the heavily fortified compound, a rope emerged from a top-floor...
  • Trial begins in 2013 Edgewood murder, attempted murder

    Nearly a year after the incident, the trial of an Edgewood man accused of a 2013 double shooting that left a 17-year-old boy dead and a now-19-year-old man seriously wounded began Friday in the Harford County Courthouse in downtown Bel Air. Garfield...