Baltimore City Detention Center

Department of Corrections

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - About 850 pre-trial detainees who were held in the now-closed men's section of the Baltimore City Detention Center have been moved to buildings within about a block of the notorious state-run jail.

State officials led reporters on a tour of the maze-like correctional complex in downtown Baltimore Thursday, two days after the last male inmates and detainees were moved from the jail.

Departemnt of Corrections

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The head of Maryland's corrections department says more than 253 department employees have been arrested since January 2013, and more than 200 of them are still employed.

Stephen Moyer told state officials Wednesday the department lacks administrative measures needed to prevent people with some "pretty outrageous" charges from working in the department, which has about 11,000 employees.

Departemnt of Corrections

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says the last inmates in the dangerously decrepit men's section of the Baltimore City Detention Center have been moved out as it permanently closes facility.

The detention center pre-dates modern penal facility standards, with some of its walls dating to the 19th century. It has been notorious for hazardous conditions, including blind corners and dark corridors. It also has been targeted for decades by reform attempts.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a news conference at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

The announcement is set for Thursday afternoon. A spokesman declined to comment ahead of the event about what the announcement will be.

Last month, the ACLU and Public Justice Center called on a federal judge to reopen a lawsuit against the state of Maryland over what they described in court documents as so substandard that it brings "shame to his city."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor says a state jail in Baltimore will no longer automatically comply with federal requests to hold immigrants past their release date for possible deportation.

Gov. Martin O'Malley says the Baltimore City Detention Center will now consider the severity of the charges a person is facing when reviewing U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement requests to hold immigrants through the "Secure Communities" program. O'Malley notified Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson of the change in a letter released last week.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plans Friday to unveil a new cellphone security system at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

The technology automatically blocks calls from all cellphones inside the building, except a small number of phones assigned to employees. It also allows any phone to call 911.

It's a misdemeanor to smuggle a cellphone into a Maryland correctional facility. In 2007, an inmate used a cellphone to arrange the killing of a Baltimore County witness.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are considering ways to cut down on contraband in correctional facilities.

Several measures will be outlined in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

One measure backed by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services would increase the penalty for providing a cellphone to a detained person from a misdemeanor to a felony. That would raise the penalty from up to three years in prison to five years.