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The Baltimore City Detention Center dates back to 1858, and in recent years has cited for concerns over crumbling infrastructure, overcrowding and mismanagement.

The cells inside the Baltimore City Detention Center are decrepit — with two detainees confined in a space barely big enough for one. The showers are filthy. The plumbing frequently leaks.

More than 253 employees at Maryland's corrections department have been arrested since January 2013, and more than 200 of them are still employed, the department head told state officials Wednesday.

Jail reform advocates on Friday cheered Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to close the long-troubled Baltimore Men's Detention Center, but said concerns about the city prison complex remain.

The Baltimore City Detention Center dates to 1859, and in recent years it has been criticized for crumbling infrastructure, overcrowding and mismanagement.

Five questions answered about Baltimore jail closure

When Gov. Larry Hogan decided to close Baltimore's long-troubled men's jail, he didn't call members of a state commission who had studied the issue. He didn't call the mayor of Baltimore. He just did it. "You don't do this by committee," said Stephen Moyer, Hogan's secretary of public safety and correctional services. "You make a decisive action."

Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he will immediately shut down the decrepit Baltimore City Detention Center, moving inmates to nearby facilities and ending a long-standing "black eye" for the state.

Authorities around the country have struggled for years to dislodge gangs from jails and prisons. But the scale and scope of the allegations laid out this week in a federal indictment has astounded even longtime observers.

The recent sentencing of former correctional officer Ashley Newton marked the latest step in a wide-ranging prosecution involving the smuggling of drugs and other contraband at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

It has been almost two years since federal authorities unveiled charges at the Baltimore Detention Center, drawing international attention amid revelations that Black Guerrilla Family leader Tavon White had impregnated four corrections officers who were supposed to be guarding him. But officials say that even with 40 guilty verdicts, including two dozen against corrections workers, there is more work to be done.

A legislative commission is expected on Wednesday to endorse a $533 million plan to replace the troubled Baltimore jail, according to a draft report of the commission's findings.

After decades of lawsuits and settlements aimed at forcing the Baltimore City Detention Center to provide better health care to those recently arrested or serving short sentences, advocates for detainees head back to court because they say conditions remain inhumane.

The U.S. Justice Department says the Baltimore City Detention Center continues to violate federal law in its treatment of youth charged as adults, failing to provide adequate programs and holding some in solitary confinement for "extraordinary" periods of time.

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