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Prosecutors said Tuesday that 25 Maryland corrections tactical unit officers have been indicted on hundreds of counts related to using excessive force, intimidation, and destruction of evidence to ensure “dominance of its operational territory” across state corrections facilities.
The indictment outlines a “criminal enterprise,” operating inside the state’s corrections system, and includes leaders of the tactical unit. Prosecutors said they have identified 25 incarcerated victims. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the operation involved guards and personnel. She said the charges range from participation in a criminal gang to misconduct in office.
Two dozen Baltimore jail officers indicted for allegedly using excessive force
Maryland corrections secretary Robert Green said all the indicted officers have been on administrative leave since 2018.The 25 indicted officers are accused of assaulting and threatening detainees at correctional facilities, tampering with evidence and falsifying documents, said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, whose office secured the indictments.
Mosby said the indicted officers were in charge of responding to incidents and maintaining order in jail facilities, but instead abused their positions in pursuit of maintaining their criminal enterprise.
While the investigation into the unit began in 2018, authorities ultimately found criminal acts dating back to 2016, Mosby said.
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The New York City Department of Correction suspended three officers and one captain after an 18-year-old inmate was found unresponsive at a city jail last week, the Department of Correction confirmed to CNN. © Seth Wenig/AP In this March 12, 2015, photo corrections officers listen to a news conference in an enhanced supervision housing unit on Rikers Island in New York. Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann said in a statement to CNN that her department is investigating and she referred the incident, which happened November 28, to the city's Department of Investigation which is conducting an independent inquiry.
In a release, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services wrote the investigation found “multiple instances where detainees at different facilities were allegedly treated improperly.”
Mosby said some of the defendants face first-degree assault charges. The 25 officers face a total of 236 criminal charges and some officers face up to 150 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
The department wrote that all of the officer were placed on administrative leave prior to the charges and will be suspended without pay until the ends of their trials.
In a statement, Gov. Larry Hogan touted the arrests as the result of the states “anti-corruption actions.”
“We are again making clear that we have absolutely no tolerance whatsoever for corruption of any kind in our state prison system or anywhere else in state government,” Hogan wrote.
The Baltimore jail became notorious in 2013 when federal prosecutors indicted 25 people, including corrections officers, in a smuggling scheme. Prosecutors said the Black Guerrilla Family had gained control behind bars and turned the jail into a gang stronghold.
Nazi salute photo leads to suspensions for corrections workers
The state's Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced the suspensions in a letter to employees on Wednesday.The state's Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced the suspensions in a letter to employees on Wednesday, calling the image "distasteful, hurtful, disturbing, highly insensitive and completely inappropriate.
Tuesday’s announcement brings the latest case by authorities trying to crack down on rampant corruption in Maryland’s 24 prisons and detention centers. Nearly 200 people — guards, inmates, civilian accomplices — have been indicted in prison corruption cases across Maryland over the past four years, state prison officials said earlier this year.
In April, federal authorities had arrested 19 people — including three prison guards — and charged them with running a smuggling ring at the state’s medium-security prison in Jessup..
In January 2018, 18 people — including two guards — were charged with smuggling heroin, cocaine and cellphones into the nearby maximum-security prison at Jessup.. The guards were sentenced to serve three years in prison.
Two months before that case, officials arrested and imprisoned a sergeant who worked at the prison and whoHe pleaded guilty to state charges of participating in a criminal gang..
And in October 2016, federal agents indicted 80 people in the largest prison corruption case in Maryland history. Corrections officers and inmates were charged with smuggling heroin, cocaine, cellphones and pornography into the Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County on the Eastern Shore.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The family of a man who hanged himself in the Cuyahoga County Jail sued the county on Thursday and said jail officials ignored clear signs that he planned to harm himself. Gregory Fox, one of eight inmates who die in the jail in 2018, showed signs of “obvious distress” and made “pleas for help” before he took his own life in his jail cell, according to the federal lawsuit. Fox was one of four inmates who died as a result of suicide at the jail last year. Civil rights attorney Sarah Gelosimo filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
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