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Inmates Run the Asylum -- 'Literally'

April 25, 2013

From today?s Washington Post:

More than a dozen Maryland state prison guards helped a dangerous national gang operate a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme from behind bars that involved cash payments, sex and access to fancy cars, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Thirteen female corrections officers essentially handed over control of a Baltimore jail to gang leaders, prosecutors said. The officers were charged Tuesday in a federal racketeering indictment.

The indictment described a jailhouse seemingly out of control. Four corrections officers became pregnant by one inmate. Two of them got tattoos of the inmate?s first name, Tavon ? one on her neck, the other on a wrist.

The guards allegedly helped leaders of the Black Guerilla Family run their criminal enterprise in jail by smuggling cellphones, prescription pills and other contraband in their underwear, shoes and hair. One gang leader allegedly used proceeds to buy luxury cars, including a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW, which he allowed some of the officers to drive.

?The inmates literally took over ?the asylum,? and the detention centers became safe havens for BGF,? said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt, using shorthand for the prison gang?s name.

I guess the officers had to behave in order to drive the fancy cars? What a disgrace. The rest here, including how this might possibly impact the chances of Governor O?Malley running for president in 2016.

As we debate guns in this country, why doesn?t the MSM get that cops matter? And what cops do matters? Here?s an excerpt from a WSJ interview with former NYPD chief William Bratton:

But the gun reform that truly gets Mr. Bratton fired up is one you don?t hear much about these days. It is what he calls ?certainty of punishment,? or stricter gun-crime sentences.

?People are out on the streets who should be in jail. Jail is appropriate for anyone who uses a gun in the commission of an act of violence. Some cities have a deplorable lack of attention to this issue,? he says, citing Philadelphia.

In Chicago, where the murder rate rose 16% last year, ?to try to put someone in jail for gun-related activity you really have to go the extra mile,? he says. ?If there?s one crime for which there has to be a certainty of punishment, it is gun violence.? He ticks off other places where help is needed: ?Oakland, Chicago, D.C., Baltimore?all have gangs whose members have no capacity for caring about life and respect for life. Someone like that? Put ?em in jail. Get ?em off the streets. Keep people safe.?

Well, what good is the punishment of jail if jail does nothing to stop an inmate?s former illegal activity?

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