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Officials discuss how to handle jail problems

Thursday - 6/6/2013, 5:22pm  ET

The Baltimore City Detention Center is seen on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Baltimore. Allegations of sex, drugs and access to contraband cellphones are roiling the jail after an indictment that alleges that one inmate impregnated four female corrections officers, one woman twice. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Hookups and drug smuggling are forcing new action at the jails

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck reports

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BRIAN WITTE
Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland's top corrections official says he would be open to discussing the possibility of moving the Baltimore City Detention Center out of the management of the state corrections department and into the charge of an independent body.

Gary Maynard, the secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections, told a panel of lawmakers on Thursday that the idea would be something to discuss during the interim, as a task force of lawmakers studies how to address corruption at the Baltimore jail.

Maynard responded to a question by House Speaker Michael Busch, who presided over the hearing with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

Busch, D-Anne Arundel, noted that there appear to be conflicts with running a state correction system and a detention center in one specific jurisdiction.


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