Does Baltimore Need A New Jail?
Earlier this month, after public pressure from lawmakers, Governor Hogan asked that they direct $18 million intended for designing a new Baltimore jail towards construction projects at state universities. Some have lauded the decision, while others ask, can a new jail wait? Bryan Searsof the Daily Record and Debra Gardner, legal director of the Public Justice Center, update us on conditions at the Baltimore City Detention Center since the closure of the men’s jail last summer. Where were detainees moved? The complex has faced lawsuits dating back to the 1970s over squalid conditions. What is being done to upgrade facilities and improve medical care?