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Less contraband making it into Baltimore jail

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 6:38pm  ET

Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Officials at the Baltimore jail say less contraband is being smuggled inside the facility in the months since sweeping indictments of guards and inmates.

Corrections department officials offered a news media tour of the jail Thursday and described changes aimed at improving security.

Thirteen correctional officers were among 25 people indicted in April on federal charges that alleged widespread corruption and gang influence at Baltimore's jail.

Officials say 168 contraband items were smuggled in between May and October, compared to 289 items from October 2012 to March.

Maryland Corrections Secretary Gary Maynard said it's impossible to completely rid prisons of contraband.

He said it's also a challenge to eliminate the gang presence, especially since the gang referenced in the indictment, Black Guerilla Family, is a big presence on Baltimore streets.

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