Immediately after April’s unsealing of a federal racketeering indictment against the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang and correctional officers (COs) at Baltimore jails run by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS), the department’s chief, Gary Maynard, withstood calls for his head. Now Maynard is throwing in the towel on his own terms, just as the Maryland General Assembly issues reform proposals in response to the ongoing correctional scandal, which bumped up a notch or two with last month’s superceding indictment in the case, bringing the total number of COs charged in the case from 13 to 27. Maynard’s tenure as DPSCS chief, which began in January 2007, has been sufficiently celebrated that in 2012 the Association of State Correctional Administrators bestowed him with the Michael Francke Award (left), its highest honor. In doing so, the ASCA noted how, under Maynard’s guidance, DPSCS “has made tremendous strides after some very difficult years,” and credited him for making life safer and more secure “both inside the prisons as well as in the community” while emphasizing “drug treatment, education, and health care as building blocks for inmates’ ultimate success.” Even before the current BGF scandal unfolded this […]
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