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Group seeks court order releasing Prince George’s detainees

Two men are seen silhouetted behind the screen of their jail cell at the Baltimore City Detention Center. State officials say budget cuts to the public safety department will not permanently eliminate positions, but the union representing corrections employees is skeptical. (File photo)

Citing the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, a prisoners’ rights group is seeking a federal court order to release medically vulnerable detainees from the Prince George’s County jail to protect them from contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. ...

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ACLU of Md. asks state to end new prison book policy

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Maryland prison officials violate the First Amendment rights of prisoners by severely limiting their access to books, including literary classics that explore the human condition and would assist in the convicts’ rehabilitation, the ACLU of Maryland stated in a letter Thursday urging the state’s head of corrections to end the restrictions.

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