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Panel meets to discuss Baltimore jail contraband

Thursday - 6/27/2013, 6:00pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A panel of Maryland lawmakers has met to discuss the contraband conspiracy at a Baltimore jail that led to federal indictments of 25 people, including 13 correctional officers.

The Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities met Thursday.

Members asked Maryland Department of Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard about ways to stop it from happening again.

Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, D-Baltimore, says he believes correctional officers may need to be paid more, so they would be less susceptible to being corrupted by inmates. The average starting salary for a Maryland correctional officer is $36,414.

Members of the panel are scheduled to tour the facility July 25, as they prepare to try to address problems at the facility in next year's legislative session.

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