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Jun 8, 2018

Lawsuit: Washington jail must provide addiction treatment

In a novel case that could have national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued a county sheriff's office to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal medication to prisoners, rather than requiring them to go cold turkey.

Feb 21, 2016

Montgomery County deaths spur Maryland drunken-driving bills

The drunken-driving-related deaths in Montgomery County last year of two recent high-school graduates and a police officer have spurred legislation to allow judges to imprison adults who host underage-drinking parties, permit drunken-driving victims to get punitive damages and increase the punishment for drunken motorists who kill people.

Nov 18, 2015

Settlement reached in class-action suit over conditions at BCDC

The Baltimore City Detention Center’s health care system will be overhauled and its facilities will be improved as part of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit, lawyers for the plaintiffs announced Wednesday. The Public Justice Center, the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander, and the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge in June to […]

Oct 27, 2015

Closure of Baltimore detention center could accelerate replacement

The closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center could accelerate a plan to begin replacing buildings within the existing correctional complex. Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer said Tuesday that the closure of the facility, which was recommended in a 2013 legislative report calling for replacement of buildings at […]

Aug 25, 2015

Maryland transfers last detainees at closed detention center

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland moved the last inmates out of the dangerously decrepit men’s section of the Baltimore City Detention Center on Tuesday, state officials said, completing the closure of the notorious facility. The jail pre-dates modern penal facility standards, with some of its walls dating to the 19th century. It has been known for its […]

Aug 25, 2015

2 Eastern Shore corrections officers charged with burglary, assault

CAMBRIDGE — Two probationary Dorchester County correction officers have been accused of burglarizing a home in Cambridge. WBOC-TV reported Monday that 21-year-old Jacob Muir of Hurlock and 22-year-old Jacob Jackson of East New Market have been arrested and placed on unpaid suspension pending an investigation. Cambridge police say the two men, who were inside the […]

Aug 9, 2015

Attorneys seek to keep tabs on relocating inmates

As the Baltimore City Detention Center men’s facility is emptied, a primary concern for attorneys with clients housed there is how to track them down for meetings and trial preparation. With 750 inmates in the process of being transferred to local facilities in the city, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is working […]

Jul 31, 2015

Editorial Advisory Board: First the BCDC; next, the rest of the Maryland Penitentiary

We applaud Gov. Larry Hogan and his public safety team for closing the Men’s Dormitory of the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC). This section of the jail complex is part of the old Maryland Penitentiary, the design and construction of which began during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson and parts of which are also incorporated […]

Baltimore City Detention Center
Jul 30, 2015

Praise, questions on Baltimore City Detention Center closing

The beleaguered Baltimore City Detention Center will close its doors immediately, and advocates for prison reform as well as defense attorneys are hoping the hundreds of inmates slated to be relocated will find better conditions wherever they end up. Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a news conference Thursday afternoon that the men’s facility will begin […]

Jul 21, 2015

Prosecutor: Texas jail death investigated thoroughly

HEMPSTEAD, Texas  — A Texas prosecutor says the death of a black woman whose family disputes authorities’ finding that she hanged herself in a jail cell is being examined as thoroughly as a murder investigation. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said Monday that there are many unanswered questions about the death of Sandra Bland, […]

Jun 3, 2015

A new weapon in Maryland’s fight against heroin

After almost 20 years dealing with convicts, Major Craig Rowe could see the trend. “The majority of our crimes in Washington County are either directly related to or a byproduct of addiction, [whether] crime directly related to the heroin or the drugs or a crime they committed to obtain the drugs,” the warden of Washington […]

Jun 2, 2015

ACLU: Squalid conditions at troubled Baltimore jail

BALTIMORE — Moldy showers and cells are infested with mice and cockroaches, toilets are broken for days and medical care is poor or nonexistent at a notoriously troubled Baltimore city jail, the ACLU and Public Justice Center said in court documents filed Tuesday. The groups want a federal judge to reopen a lawsuit against the […]

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