Gov. Larry Hogan's budget does not propose building a replacement for the Baltimore jail he closed in 2015. (WJZ)
Gov. Larry Hogan does not plan to rebuild the notorious Baltimore City Detention Center, aides said Monday.
The Republican governor shut down the state-run facility nearly two years ago, began demolition last year and included no money this year in his proposed budget to replace the Civil War-era jail, which was plagued by corruption and scandal.
Black state lawmakers criticized Hogan last year for prioritizing the jail over construction projects at two historically black universities. Then he revoked money to design a new facility and spent it on the schools instead.
Legislative budget analysts told the General Assembly's budget committees Monday that money to rebuild the jail no longer appears in Hogan's planning documents.
Baltimore's state lawmakers, all Democrats, were already frustrated that Hogan eliminated money for new programs for the city in his budget proposal and left city schools with $42 million less in state aid.
The cancellation of the jail project follows other moves by Hogan to eliminate planned spending on construction projects in Baltimore.
He canceled the $2.9 billion Red Line light rail in 2015 and this year voted to void leases that underpinned the state's $1.5 billion contract to redevelop State Center.
State Sen. Bill Ferguson, a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, said the jail represents "just another half-billion of projects that were planned for Baltimore that are not coming.
"When you're talking about jobs in Baltimore, the actions don't follow the words."
Hogan has continued a program started by Gov. Martin O'Malley, his Democratic predecessor, that will pump $1 billion into rebuilding city schools. And Hogan has sought federal funding to expand the Howard Street Tunnel — a $425 million project intended to increase activity at Baltimore's port.
Baltimore inmates sentenced for less than a year had been housed in the closed jail. But when Hogan shut down the detention center in July 2015, those inmates were moved to state prisons outside the city, according to the state correctional system.
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Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott, chair of the council Public Safety Committee, said he supports less spending on jails and correctional institutions and more spending on educational facilities, as a general principle.
But he said he wondered if keeping inmates in arrangements that were supposed to be temporary puts the safety of correctional officers and inmates at risk.