The Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post have provided excellent coverage of the latest correctional-corruption development involving the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang: a superceding indictment unsealed yesterday, naming 14 correctional officers (COs), a jail kitchen worker, two inmates, and two outside suppliers as racketeering defendants. These are in addition to those already charged in April with lead defendant Tavon White, an inmate and BGF leader, bringing the total to 44 people, including 27 COs. The expanded accusations of systemic smuggling of contraband by mostly female COs whose loyalty to the BGF’s command of the prison economy was gained through money, sex, or both, describe a nettlesome situation in which at least two correctional facilities – the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) and the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center – are in fact run by the gang. Enabling the situation, according to federal investigators, have been policies and procedures administered by Maryland’s correctional agency, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which ease smuggling and so complicate the disciplinary process that the pursuit of corruption allegations is often dropped. The latest phase of the ongoing investigation, according to court documents, relied in part on 14 cooperating witnesses, […]
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