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Maryland correctional officers

Since last year’s Best of Baltimore issue: four Maryland correctional officers (COs) have pleaded guilty in federal court to conduct arising from their prison-gang ties, and a fifth was indicted in a federal prison-gang racketeering conspiracy; four COs were charged (two have pleaded guilty) in state court for bringing drugs and/or cell phones to inmates; and, in the civil courts, cases in which inmates sued over gang violence allegedly facilitated by COs have teased out solid evidence that the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has long known about dirty COs but seemingly ignored the problem. Now that Maryland corrections officials can no longer look the other way, thanks to this plethora of court proceedings, the question is how much more CO-tied crime and violence will happen before the brass regains control of the situation.

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