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Divert jail savings to rehabilitation programs

While I was disappointed that Gov. Larry Hogan did not reach out to those of us who serve on the legislative commission dealing with the Baltimore City Detention Center or with me as the state senator who represents the area where the jail is located, I along with the residents of East Baltimore am delighted and gratified that Governor Hogan has made this wise decision.

This Civil War-era facility has long been a point of contention in an area over saturated with correction facilities. With its demise we may now be able to devote taxpayer savings to "substantiative rehabilitation programs for these men. ...They are an essential part of any crime fighting program" as observed by Republican Mayor Theodore R. McKeldin in 1967. Thank you again, Governor Hogan, for not putting additional taxpayer dollars in this antiquated facility. It would have been like putting lipstick on a pig.

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Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents District 45 in Baltimore City.

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