Maryland Governor Hopes to Replace Vacant Detention Center

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced a plan that would level most of the vacant Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) complex, paving the way for the construction of a new and improved Baltimore Justice Center on the site. There, the governor hopes to erect a six-story facility to house both male and female inmates that will also include space for education and rehabilitative services.

Baltimore Jail Faces Immediate Shutdown

By Jessie Fetterling
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said last week that he will immediately be closing the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) — a jail that has notoriously been known for its association with violent gangs — and the shutdown should only take a couple weeks.

Baltimore to Build New Youth Jail

The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved plans last week to build a $30 million, 60-bed jail for Baltimore teenagers charged as adults after years of concern about the treatment of the young defendants who are mixed in with adults.

Baltimore Installs Technology to Prohibit Cell Phone Access

A new technology installed at the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) will crack down on contraband cell phone use at the facility.

Maryland Cracks Down on Prison Cell Phone Use

Nearly six months after implementing a pilot program targeting contraband cell phones in prisons, Maryland correctional officials have officially adopted the new technology. Gov. George O’Malley unveiled the new “managed access” system at a press conference in the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) in early February.

Wrecking Ball Takes Aim at Maryland House of Correction

After standing for more than 130 years, structural demolition has begun on the infamous maximum security Maryland House of Correction. The aging and inadequate facility saw a dramatic increase in violence in recent years, prompting correctional officials to close it in 2007.

Top 5 Corrections Stories of 2013

By Jessie Fetterling
The corrections industry made several headlines in 2013. Perhaps the biggest ongoing story of the year followed the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as it dealt with prison overcrowding mandates.

Commissioners Recommend New Jail After BCDC Scandal

Cell phone scramblers, improved officer screenings and a new $553 million jail are several ways Maryland officials hope to improve the scandal-mired Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC).

Thirteen Corrections Officers Indicted for Racketeering with Gang

By Audrey Arthur
Severe corruption has been exposed in the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) with 13 corrections officers indicted for racketeering, laundering and having sex with jailed inmates involved in the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF).

New Baltimore Juvenile Jail Draws Strong Opposition

By Sam Smith
Opposition was strong at a recent Senate Budget and Taxation Committee hearing on the proposed construction of a new youth detention center in Baltimore City to house youths charged as adults with violent crimes.