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Baltimore City jail

all photos by Wendel Patrick

The release door of the Baltimore City Jail opens out onto this otherwise abandoned block, empty except for the presence of a mobile medical office that posts up there 5 days a week. The PCARE Van, as it’s known, is operated by the non-profit Behavioral Health Leadership Institute, and it’s there to prescribe the opioid addiction medication Buprenorphine (Suboxone) for those in need. Oftentimes, people will walk directly out of the jail and directly onto the van. In this episode, we meet the staff of the van and the clients they serve.

Pugh Names New Police Commissioner

Nov 16, 2018
Fort Worth Police, Fort Worth, Texas

Mayor Catherine Pugh announced the appointment of Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald as Baltimore’s new top cop Friday after a lengthy, secretive search. Fitzgerald arrives with some baggage from his last job.

Word of Fitzgerald’s appointment began leaking Friday afternoon after Pugh penned an op-ed piece to appear in Saturday’s print editions of The Sun. In it, she wrote that Fitzgerald “is best suited to lead the way forward.”

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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?