Maryland lawmakers plan to start digging deeper next week into the problems that came to light at a Baltimore jail as a new commission begins a series of hearings and site visits to state and local correctional facilities.
“We have a responsibility to the public, to the employees, to the people in the system to ensure that we have a system that can be relied on,” said Del. Guy J. Guzzone (D-Howard), co-chairman of a newly appointed special joint commission.
The 14-member commission, which plans to meet Thursday, was established in the wake of an initial hearing earlier this month by a panel of legislative leaders on the scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
A violent prison gang allegedly colluded with 13 corrections officers to launder money and smuggle drugs and cellphones into the state-run facility, according to a federal indictment. Four guards had children with one incarcerated gang member, according to prosecutors, who are continuing to investigate what they have described as an out-of-control jail.