Cumberland Times-News

May 3, 2013

New task force will study problems at Baltimore lockup

Brian White
Associated Press

— ANNAPOLIS — Leaders in the Maryland General Assembly announced Friday they will appoint a task force to identify legislative and budgetary measures to address contraband and corruption problems at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

The problems were outlined in a federal indictment last week.

The task force will be charged with recommending steps that could be taken during next year’s legislative session.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller also announced a public briefing will take place by corrections officials before leading lawmakers next month. The task force will be named after the briefing.

Both Bush and Miller commended Gary Maynard, who heads the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, for initiating a federal investigation that led to 25 indictments, including 13 correctional officers. However, the speaker noted it is the responsibility of the Legislature to ask the tough questions about what isn’t working in the state’s prison system.