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Annapolis considers tossing the state-run, scandal-plagued Baltimore City Detention Center back into the city's hands

Annapolis considers tossing the state-run, scandal-plagued Baltimore City Detention Center back into the city's hands

State Del. John Cluster (R-Baltimore County) and state Sen. Michael Hough (R-Carroll and Frederick counties) have become experts on matters involving the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC), the city’s state-run jail that was ground zero in the 44-member federal racketeering conspiracy, indicted in 2013, that found the facility was essentially run by a prison gang in cahoots with corrupt jailers. Both sat on the special Maryland General Assembly (MGA) commission convened after the indictment’s embarrassments, and thus had front-row seats to view BCDC’s problems and work on crafting possible solutions. Now, the two have come up with an answer: Just get rid of it. ...

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