Video: Maryland lawmakers “not surprised” by massive prison scandal

posted at 12:01 pm on April 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

They aren’t? They aren’t surprised that an inmate impregnated four of the prison guards and earned tens of thousands of dollars a month while incarcerated?  The FBI brought an end to Tavon White’s empire this week, taking down 13 corrections officers with it, including the mothers of White’s children, some of whom tattooed Tavon’s name on their bodies.

Good to know that Maryland lawmakers aren’t shocked by this:

The FBI says a prison gang has overrun the Baltimore City Detention Center for years. Now 25 people face federal charges.

A federal investigation into the Baltimore City Detention Center is revealing the lack of integrity and responsibility at the jail.

Senator and public defender Lisa Gladden says the drug and sex operation happening behind bars is no surprise.

“A lot of times my clients will tell me, ‘You know, they’re doing drugs over here. I know they’re doing that,’” she said.

So … what steps had Senator Gladden taken to get the BCDC cleaned up, prior to its exposure by federal investigators?  What steps had anyone taken?  WJZ points out that gang infiltration into the BCDC corrections team wasn’t exactly breaking news.  In fact, the Baltimore Sun reported that one of the guards had been “flagged for gang ties” seven years ago:

According to WJZ’s media partner, the Baltimore Sun, one of the indicted corrections officers was flagged for gang ties seven years ago, but remained on the job.

The Washington Post reported on this earlier in the week:

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.

While Maryland lawmakers aren’t surprised, the FBI and federal prosecutors certainly were:

The indictment, unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, puts the spotlight on the enduring power of gangs in jails and prisons. In particular, prosecutors were highly critical of Maryland’s facilities in Baltimore, with procedures and personnel that were “completely inadequate to prevent smuggling” and lacked “effective punishment.”

If this sounds familiar to Maryland citizens, well, it should.  The same exact thing happened at the state prison next door to BCDC four years ago, and the man in charge of both promised that the problem had been cleaned up:

Four years ago, Maryland’s top corrections official vowed that a scandal at a state prison in Baltimore involving violent gang activity and corrupt guards was not widespread.

But this week, Gary D. Maynard, secretary of public safety and correctional services, found himself confronting a nearly identical crisis at a detention center next door, with 13 corrections officers chargedwith helping the same Black Guerilla Family gang launder money, have sex with guards and give orders to the street. …

But Maynard’s explanation may not satisfy other Maryland officials, who are calling for a deeper investigation of the state prison system. And he hasn’t explained how his department could have missed what in some instances, according to prosecutors, amounted to blatant evidence that corruption was occurring.

The corruption scandal casts a new light on Maynard’s tenure in Maryland, which began six years ago with great promise that he would usher in badly needed reforms. It also comes at a sensitive time for his boss, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is weighing a 2016 presidential bid.

And remember that guard flagged for gang ties in 2006?  It turns out that there were a lot more than just one — and that officials knew all about it:

Maynard also said he did not know that one of the corrections officers indicted this week had been the subject of a 2006 civil lawsuit brought by an inmate in federal court alleging that she left his cell door unlocked so he could be attacked by gang members and that she withheld treatment for his 32 stab wounds.

The victim’s attorney argued that the attack was part of a larger problem of gangs infiltrating the ranks of corrections officers. The guard denied colluding with inmates; the two sides settled before going to trial. The guard kept her job, despite court records showing that the victim had uncovered a confidential report prepared in 2006 by a prison intelligence unit that identified 16 guards — including the one named in the suit — with ties to gangs such as BGF.

Well, under those circumstances, no one should be surprised that corrections officers with gang ties kept working for the state — er, Tavon White.  Maryland voters should demand a housecleaning from the top down — and conduct it themselves in the next election.

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I am surprised at the extent and brazenness of it. I frequently think I’m too cynical, apparently I’m not cynical enough.

Fenris on April 26, 2013 at 12:02 PM

As a Maryland resident, and, sadly, some second-hand knowledge of the Castle -No, I’m not surprised either. Except regarding FBI involvement; I suspect local police were not at all happy about that.

Baltimoe’s police, prosecutors, judges, and corrections officers in large part have no interest in holding the drug crime to account; instead, it’s easier to placate and hold the violence down to a-murder-a-day on average than take on these criminals.

BKeyser on April 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Good to know that Maryland lawmakers aren’t shocked by this:

Wow.

VegasRick on April 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Germany abolished the death penalty because too many of its war criminals were being executed.

Maryland will abolish the death penalty next week because too many of its native sons were being executed.

I wouldn’t be caught dead in that state.

Blake on April 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Eric Holder’s people on parade.

BobMbx on April 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Everyone who wants this corruption fixed are just racist.

Now shut up and vote democrat.

GardenGnome on April 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I used to live in Maryland. The voters will do nothing. Baltimore is the largest city and therefore has most of the voters. The Baltimore voters won’t care since many of them are beholden to the Baltimore system and the voters in other parts of the state can’t equal, in shear numbers, the Baltimore voters. I am so glad to be out of The Peoples Republic of Columbia and down in Florida now.

talking_mouse on April 26, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Gee, sounds like a microcosm of the country.

retiredeagle on April 26, 2013 at 12:13 PM

It seems The Wire’s depiction of Maryland prisons was pretty accurate.

Mark1971 on April 26, 2013 at 12:13 PM

But it’ll be anarchy if we privatize anything!

forest on April 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Crime cannot easily continue with a corrupt government.

This is the result of liberal policies, one of many, where convicts have so many ‘rights’ the top dog can create a fiefdom.

We need to go back to the old ways: No TV, no gyms, no roaming. A criminal is locked in his cell 23/24, and gets three meals a day (only supper is hot).

Prison shouldn’t be about ‘rehabilitation’ and making criminals comfortable. Prison should be about punishment for crimes committed. That’s all the ‘rehab’ that is needed for criminals.

As Charlie Manson once said, “Prison is my home.”

Think about that…

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,”

forest on April 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Video: Maryland lawmakers “not surprised” by massive prison scandal

Born and raised here, not surprised at all. The city is a graveyard of humanity and pity anyone who would willingly live in it.

Gatsu on April 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Crime cannot easily continue with a corrupt government.

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Should read “without”

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

The System is Working.

aquaviva on April 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I am so glad to be out of The Peoples Republic of Columbia and down in Florida now.

talking_mouse on April 26, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Where there are absolultey no problems with corruption, criminals, scum and scammers.

“snickers”

katy the mean old lady on April 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Everyone who wants this corruption fixed are just racist.

GardenGnome on April 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

What makes you think that these are people “of color?” ;0

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The Black Guerilla Family? Okay.

MustLoveBlogs on April 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Blue city in a blue state, right? Demorats really are smarter.

Bishop on April 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Born and raised here, not surprised at all. The city is a graveyard of humanity and pity anyone who would willingly live in it.

Gatsu on April 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Born and raised in SW Bawlmer, hon. I love that city and really thought they had a chance for a while. Guess not.

katy the mean old lady on April 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,”

forest on April 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

More importantly: Would he act like him? A statistical analysis is left as an exercise for the reader.

Fenris on April 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Crime cannot easily continue with a corrupt government.

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Should read “without”

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

No, you were right the first time. A corrupt government is in direct competition with crime. It is not so much that crime goes away as it becomes institutionalized.

Maryland is a perfect example of this. An utterly corrupt government that finds new and different ways to steal from its citizens including taxing them for rain. In the meantime, unionized public sector employees in Montgomery County are getting double digit pay raises.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Obamians doing what Obamians do.

HotAirian on April 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

An utterly corrupt government that finds new and different ways to steal from its citizens including taxing them for rain.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I read that. Can you believe it? I always said liberals are crafty enough to find a way to tax anything, but despite my everlasting cynicism I didn’t see that coming.

Almost makes me glad I live in NY. LOL

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Maynard’s explanation may not satisfy other Maryland officials, who are calling for a deeper investigation of the state prison system. And he hasn’t explained how his department could have missed what in some instances, according to prosecutors, amounted to blatant evidence that corruption was occurring.

Maynard should be shopping this as a reality TV show. Thirteen female corrections officers (four of them with the same baby daddy), a convict, prison, drugs…..

This could be big. Honey Boo Boo big.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Born and raised in SW Bawlmer, hon. I love that city and really thought they had a chance for a while.

katy the mean old lady on April 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I think both you and I know that would make you a Baltimoron…

JohnGalt23 on April 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

This is the result of liberal policies, one of many, where convicts have so many ‘rights’ the top dog can create a fiefdom.

Oh good point! By chance, could you point out the last 4 decades in prisoner rights in states across the country? How do rehabilitative and educational programs fare? How about outdoor recreation time vs solitary confinement in super max facilities? I look forward to you posting evidence of an ever more liberal incarceration regime in this country. But I won’t hold my breath.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Does it come as any surprise that this happened in Nancy Pelosi’s home town?

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

look at jessup, next, please.

losarkos on April 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

More importantly: Would he act like him? A statistical analysis is left as an exercise for the reader.

Fenris on April 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Probably. Tavon was just community organizing – prison style. Just think of the damage he’d have been able to accomplish as a public servant.

forest on April 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

HotAirian: Obamians doing what Obamians do.

O’Mallians are doing what O’Mallians do

ftfy

/so progressive!

Terp Mole on April 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I am so glad to be out of The Peoples Republic of Columbia and down in Florida now.

talking_mouse on April 26, 2013 at 12:13 PM

My parents live in Columbia, its one of the most prosperous and diverse suburbs in the country. Perhaps that was the problem?

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

But I won’t hold my breath.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Please do.

VegasRick on April 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM

This is the legacy of former Baltimore Mayor (now Governor) Martin O’Malley(D-Wet Dream).

O’Malley was one of the first governors to legalize gay marriage in his home state, taking the lead on the issue well before Hillary Rodham Clinton. He successfully pushed to end the death penalty, and is now open to legalizing medical marijuana. Even on immigration, a federal issue, O’Malley threw his weight behind a state equivalent of the Dream Act, allowing undocumented immigrants access to in-state tuition for universities.

Terp Mole on April 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

And these are the same politicians who don’t trust law-abiding citizens with guns and want to write new laws to take away law-abiding citizens’ rights….
The Idiocracy is here.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Born and raised in SW Bawlmer, hon. I love that city and really thought they had a chance for a while.

katy the mean old lady on April 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

When I first moved to B-more Kurt Schmoke was mayor. His big thing was literacy to the point that all the public benches had “Baltimore- the city that reads” I knew the city was a goner when somebody had defaced this message with “Baltimore- the city that breeds.”

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

merryland, king of payoffs, cronyism and taxaggedon.
heroin high schools for rich kids, a complacent over worked, over drugged, over funded, area.
where people willingly vote for people who they know are shysters and will continue to plunder the the tax base.

is it no wonder there democrap governor wants to be president, hell he will fit right in being obamas boy and all.

S#$* em all, I finally moved away.

Yeah4me.

losarkos on April 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Maryland……..rotten from O’Malley down………….

GarandFan on April 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

The gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

We have a DHS leader selectively failing to enforce standards, the DOJ getting in the way of the FBI after a Keystone Cops version of handling Islamic terrorists, and now criminals taking over prisons while we debate immigration reform with 20 million people who are not supposed to be here run about.

So…we are supposed to believe that new passing laws will keep guns away from the people who make government officials look like they would lose a chess game against a rotting turnip?

IlikedAUH2O on April 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Please do.

VegasRick on April 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Your comment only works as a joke if it concedes the logic of my post; that no such evidence exists and the notion of a “liberal” prison system is pure fantasy. Maybe it is because Democratic state legislatures in a number of states worked with federal lawmakers and Reagan to up sentencing requirements for drugs that black people used over drugs that white people used. So because you have a hard time realizing that mass incarceration is a national racial project, rather than limited to one party, you think prison policies are more “liberal” because Democrats have administered them in a number of states. But, as usual, you’re wrong.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

My parents live in Columbia, its one of the most prosperous and diverse suburbs in the country. Perhaps that was the problem?

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

And how, pray tell, is that Prosperous Suburb Prosperous??

This is NOT a Multiple Choice question.

ToddPA on April 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

FLASHBACK April 2012: Second Video Shows Brutal Black Gang Attack On White Tourist Outside Baltimore Courthouse

This happened a few blocks from the BCDC.

Terp Mole on April 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Care to explain exactly how ANY kind of conservative policies would contribute to a gang leader doing anything like this?

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Oh good point! By chance, could you point out the last 4 decades in prisoner rights in states across the country? How do rehabilitative and educational programs fare? How about outdoor recreation time vs solitary confinement in super max facilities? I look forward to you posting evidence of an ever more liberal incarceration regime in this country. But I won’t hold my breath.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Prison should be about punishment for crimes committed and nothing more. In prison, a convict has only the rights to healthy meals, adequate medical care (sex-change surgery is NOT a part of that), a clean bed and cell, and to be safe from other criminals/abusive guards. A person loses all other rights because he’s a criminal; by willfully committing a crime and having been duly convicted, all his other rights are revoked.

The same way he willfully stole the rights of free Citizens he made his victims.

We owe criminals nothing except the most basic decencies to sustain their cleanliness and human life. Upon release, they can have back what they willfully threw away the first time around.

I don’t like hearing, “Ten years? I do that standing on my head.”

I want to hear, “I don’t ever want to go back there!”

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Your comment only works as a joke if it concedes the logic of my post; that no such evidence exists and the notion of a “liberal” prison system is pure fantasy. Maybe it is because Democratic state legislatures in a number of states worked with federal lawmakers and Reagan to up sentencing requirements for drugs that black people used over drugs that white people used. So because you have a hard time realizing that mass incarceration is a national racial project, rather than limited to one party, you think prison policies are more “liberal” because Democrats have administered them in a number of states. But, as usual, you’re wrong.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Your screams of “RACISM” falls on deaf ears. And do you think all of the “black people” in this prison are there for using drugs?

VegasRick on April 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

When I first moved to B-more Kurt Schmoke was mayor. His big thing was literacy to the point that all the public benches had “Baltimore- the city that reads” I knew the city was a goner when somebody had defaced this message with “Baltimore- the city that breeds.”

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Schmoke is a fascinating figure, he is one of the few black mayors elected in the 1980s who didn’t go gung ho on the “war on crime” crusade, he emphasized decriminalization, needle exchange etc. Yet rates of drug addiction and drug crime in Baltimore and D.C. rivaled each other throughout those years. At some point I’m going to pursue research into those years in Baltimore, it hasn’t really been done.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Tavon White: “size matters”

Gary D. Maynard: the next Governor of Maryland

Carnac on April 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Care to explain exactly how ANY kind of conservative policies would contribute to a gang leader doing anything like this?

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM

You don’t see what Libbie is doing? He/she/it is trying to hijack the thread from an utterly corrupt city in an utterly corrupt state reaping the “benefits” of liberal policies and laws. Instead of even admitting that it isn’t a good thing to have gangs running a prison, he/she/it has decided to throw the race card.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

This happened a few blocks from the BCDC.

Terp Mole on April 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

obambi’s peeps.

VegasRick on April 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Do you also claim the murder laws must be racially biased because it’s mostly blacks killing each other in Chicago and other Dem controlled cities?

Regarding your idiotic comments, I have to ask why do blacks insist on breaking the drug laws that have the harshest sentences?
Maybe more blacks should try to live within the laws.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Care to explain exactly how ANY kind of conservative policies would contribute to a gang leader doing anything like this?

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM

How do any ideological policies eventually lead to a group of women falling all over themselves for a powerful man? I think what is probably likely is that, despite being incarcerated, this man still represented the most wealthy and socially powerful person the guards came into contact with. Since prison staff and inmates often come from the same neighborhoods, perhaps the guards grew up with drug king pins as their only visible signs of success. They certainly wouldn’t be the first women (or person) to view someones wealth and power as a huge sexual turn on. And who knows, maybe the man was spectacular in bed. All of which is to say that these things aren’t necessarily ideological.

Your screams of “RACISM” falls on deaf ears.

Data hurts you doesn’t it? That’s a sorry way to go through life I must say…

And do you think all of the “black people” in this prison are there for using drugs?

VegasRick on April 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

What’s up with the scare quotes around black people. Do you deny our very existence? LOL. And no, not all black people behind bars are there because of the failed War on Drugs.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Baltimore IS a ruin. I’m glad our prison ministry didn’t try to enter that prison.

RiverCocytus on April 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Born and raised here, not surprised at all. The city is a graveyard of humanity and pity anyone who would willingly live in it.

Gatsu on April 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Ditto. This state is easily one of the most corrupt in the union.

When I first moved to B-more Kurt Schmoke was mayor. His big thing was literacy to the point that all the public benches had “Baltimore- the city that reads” I knew the city was a goner when somebody had defaced this message with “Baltimore- the city that breeds.”

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I remember his ads. “Get on board with Schmoke; the Schmoke progress train~”

And I’d always heard it as “the city the bleeds.”

Doomberg on April 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM

What’s up with the scare quotes around black people. Do you deny our very existence? LOL. And no, not all black people behind bars are there because of the failed War on Drugs.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Scare quotes? I was quoting you, you moron.

VegasRick on April 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM

*city that bleeds

Doomberg on April 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Do you also claim the murder laws must be racially biased because it’s mostly blacks killing each other in Chicago and other Dem controlled cities?

Regarding your idiotic comments, I have to ask why do blacks insist on breaking the drug laws that have the harshest sentences?
Maybe more blacks should try to live within the laws.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Racism, once again, has corrupted your ability to reason. The cocaine and crack sentence disparities were, plain and simple, a racial project. Crack is nothing more than a form of cocaine. Yet distribution of the two drugs carried significantly different sentences for the expressed purpose of cracking down on ‘inner city” crime. It was unambiguous. The “War on Crime” and the “War on Drugs” became facile ways of rationalizing a clear racial preference within the law. This has since been recognized by a number of Court decisions and legislative repeals of previous sentencing guidelines. Worse, regardless of their racial politics these laws didn’t work.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

When I first moved to B-more Kurt Schmoke was mayor. His big thing was literacy to the point that all the public benches had “Baltimore- the city that reads” I knew the city was a goner when somebody had defaced this message with “Baltimore- the city that breeds.”

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

The benches now say “Baltimore- The greatest city on Earth”

Laugh every time I see one.

Every. Time.

Gatsu on April 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Baltimore IS a ruin. I’m glad our prison ministry didn’t try to enter that prison.

RiverCocytus on April 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Christ, apparently, only cares about *some* sinners.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Of course Schmoke was big into needle exchanges and decriminalization of drugs. It was far easier to give in to the addicts and potheads than would have been to go “gung ho” on cleaning up the city. Schmoke pretty much ignored everything about his job that didn’t fit his very specific agenda. There is a reason he’s one of the few B-more city mayors who did not pursue the governorship. If you want to draw comparisons, Rudy did a far better job in NYC than Schmoke ever did in B-more.

That being said, I’ll give Schmoke this. Tearing down the high rise public housing units was the right thing to do.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM

lib, shutup.

The reality is that these racial divides were created by democrat policies – affirmative action, the Great Society – which created enforcement situations that would be racially skewed. You can’t blame one of the sides of the problem and not the other.

But seeing as your parents live in Columbia, you’re obviously part of the problem.

RiverCocytus on April 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

OT,

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ahead of you guys!!

They are proposing a bill that would ALLOW ILLEGALS TO
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is this a great Country or what!!??

ToddPA on April 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

And people, if you’ve never been in The People’s Republic of Columbia, maybe you shouldn’t go. If you want to lose your mind trying to find ordinary things and want to see the ultimate extent of modern, self congratulatory fragmentation, go on ahead. They have all of the chain stores and P.F Chang!

Not a single local business that I know of, though.

RiverCocytus on April 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Race and homosexuality are the only things that drive you, aren’t they?

I’d pity you if I thought you have any real value.

How about this: Is it right that a criminal who brutally beats you with an aluminum baseball bat gets to spend his days playing basketball in the sun, while you suffer a long hospital stay and endure a year of rough physical therapy to regain part of the previous life he took from you?

Is that right?

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

That being said, I’ll give Schmoke this. Tearing down the high rise public housing units was the right thing to do.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM

He was obviously one of those Black racists…very rare,
but I hear, they in fact, do exist.

ToddPA on April 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

The benches now say “Baltimore- The greatest city on Earth”

Laugh every time I see one.

Every. Time.

Gatsu on April 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I don’t know why you laugh. I mean when you think of the world’s greatest cities Baltimore is right up there with London, Paris, Berlin or Vienna…. right? I mean who needs the Leaning Tower of Pisa when you’ve got the Shot Tower? Taking the water taxi through the Inner Harbor certainly beats a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. And the lights of Paris seem dim when compared to the Domino Sugar sign.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Hint: only chain stores can survive in Columbia because signage and accessibility are limited by ridiculous codes. Small stores don’t have the money to build a regional brand, and so cannot exist there. If you want to know what liberals are really about, its all there. Environment = a few trees and low road noise. Equality = the stuff we talk about but don’t practice. And beware the drivers there; they are impatient and often cruel.

If those people stopped being as rich as they are, it would turn into a cesspit pretty fast.

RiverCocytus on April 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Bunch of racists… “Black Gorilla Gang”?

And of course this gang run jail is no surprise… And does anyone think sex between the guards and the prisoners is all that uncommon? I dated a woman who was a guard at a county prison. One of her co-workers was doing BJs through the bars.

It started with one guy sweet talking her and getting her to compromise herself… Then it became a matter of ‘do my buddy a favor or he’ll rat us out’.

This went on for a while but eventually she was caught, suspended without pay, union lawyered up, reinstated with back pay… AKA… she had a 2 years paid va-cay for her part in the continuing down fall of the system.

This was 20 years ago in NJ. And from what I heard it was the tip of the iceberg.

This guy in Maryland just got caught making inter-penal-colony prison/guard hybrid babies is all. Without that fact it would barely have made page 3.

Drugs get into jails because there is money and power to be had… and guards get caught-up in the games that are played. No surprise here at all.

RalphyBoy on April 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

How do any ideological policies eventually lead to a group of women falling all over themselves for a powerful man? I think what is probably likely is that, despite being incarcerated, this man still represented the most wealthy and socially powerful person the guards came into contact with. Since prison staff and inmates often come from the same neighborhoods, perhaps the guards grew up with drug king pins as their only visible signs of success. They certainly wouldn’t be the first women (or person) to view someones wealth and power as a huge sexual turn on. And who knows, maybe the man was spectacular in bed. All of which is to say that these things aren’t necessarily ideological.
libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Everything you just said points to liberal ideology as the problem.
Lousy hiring practices at the prison, likely lots of affirmative action – so you get guards who should not be able to pass a background check being put in charge of prsioners they idolize?
Unable to fire guards who are not doing their jobs properly – more liberal / union ideology.
Women unable to control their sexual urges in an environment where it’s illegal and a violation of their job responsibilities, and can’t be held accountable for same – more liberal ideolgy and political correctness.
Everything about this situation screams failed liberal ideology at work.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

If you want to know what liberals are really about, its all there. Environment = a few trees and low road noise. Equality = the stuff we talk about but don’t practice. And beware the drivers there; they are impatient and often cruel.

If those people stopped being as rich as they are, it would turn into a cesspit pretty fast.

RiverCocytus on April 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM

I think you missed the critical point about Columbia. Located halfway between DC and B-more its residents suck at more than one public teat. Much of the affluence is due to public sector jobs and contracts.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I don’t know why you laugh. I mean when you think of the world’s greatest cities Baltimore is right up there with London, Paris, Berlin or Vienna…. right? I mean who needs the Leaning Tower of Pisa when you’ve got the Shot Tower? Taking the water taxi through the Inner Harbor certainly beats a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. And the lights of Paris seem dim when compared to the Domino Sugar sign.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Lord you are right! And need we forget the ever classy winking Natty Boh sign? I bet if you pulled a man from antiquity and showed it to him he would say “this is much nicer than the colossus of Rhodes.”

I have on good authority that if you take the water taxi through the harbor and hit a dead body you get a free drink at Pickles.

Gatsu on April 26, 2013 at 1:07 PM

RiverCocytus on April 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Ugh, Columbia really is a top-down central planning nightmare. It’s like one gigantic chain shopping center/cookie cutter housing unit tract that was all laid out by a few idiots in the Howard County planning board room. A real bummer. More curb/gutter and storm water management basins than you can shake a stick at.

forest on April 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Yeah, no Marylander is surprised about this. We assume Baltimore is worse than this, so we’re slightly elated to know that it wasn’t, you know, Nation of Islam militants.

And of course, despite the fact that they coddle the heck out of people in prison, they still release them in the winter without coats or any way to get out of the bad situation they’re in. I guess ‘rehabilitation’ is for show only. I’d prefer they cut costs and let prison be for punishment, and then use that money to do something for these people WHEN THEY GET OUT.

Like many of the liberal policies, they are designed to encourage dependence. With The Week That Was they have begun a slow implosion. We can only hope we will escape the collateral damage.

Or as we say at Ace of Spades, LET IT BURN!

RiverCocytus on April 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

He was obviously one of those Black racists…very rare,
but I hear, they in fact, do exist.

ToddPA on April 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

No, to be fair, Schmoke didn’t have to be a racist. The demographics of the city pretty much makes the city homogeneous.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Didn’t we see this in “The Wire”?

Another Drew on April 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Maryland voters should demand a housecleaning from the top down — and conduct it themselves in the next election.

You’re kidding, right? This is Maryland we’re talking about. Stalin, Hitler, and Osama Bin Laden could get elected there if they had a “D” next to their name on the ballot. That’s why Maryland people live in Maryland and Virginia people live in Virginia.

olesparkie on April 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

More curb/gutter and storm water management basins than you can shake a stick at.

forest on April 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Hey! for what storm water is going to cost those residents by way of the rain tax- leave their curbs alone!

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

“…housecleaning from the top down…”

They need to start with The Governor!

Another Drew on April 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Columbia, even creepier than I had thought. I knew the place sucked just from having to work there for a while, but the history explains the complete and utter soullessness of the place.

forest on April 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I can’t decide if Baltimore is a city or a wilderness. On the one hand, it is clearly densely zoned and has many multi-storey buildings, often with no distance between them.

On the other hand, it is totally devoid of life in many places and is frequented mostly by hermits, bandits and in some places small groups of people keep themselves alive behind walls.

So maybe its more of a desert. Same amount of foliage.

These prisons are like fortresses that once belonged to the empire but are now run by gangs of outlaws.

RiverCocytus on April 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM

My parents live in Columbia, its one of the most prosperous and diverse suburbs in the country. Perhaps that was the problem?

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

And yet, look at what you turned into, liveasaslaveanddie.

Solaratov on April 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I wouldn’t be caught dead in that state.

Blake on April 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

“If you’re concerned about your safety, don’t go to Maryland.” -Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Brewer of Howard County, Maryland.

(Not new to those following the Aaron Worthing/Walker saga.)

Fits in pretty well with this story too though.

LibraryGryffon on April 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Racism, once again, has corrupted your ability to reason.
libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Right back atcha you racist libtard.
Do you believe that only blacks are stupid enough to use crack?
Do you believe it’s a good thing to idolize drug dealers?
Since you seem to think crack is a black drug, have you ever considered perhaps toughening the sentencing for crack crimes might be an attempt to clean up black neighborhoods?
Why do you prefer to have crack dealers running black neighborhoods instead of law-abiding black citizens?
Sounds to me like you’re the racist who favors drug running gang-bangers over the black visctims of their crimes.
You’re a racist idiot who apparently hates law-abiding black citizens and you seem to WANT them to be crime victims.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 1:14 PM

FLASHBACK April 2012: Second Video Shows Brutal Black Gang Attack On White Tourist Outside Baltimore Courthouse

This happened a few blocks from the BCDC.

Terp Mole on April 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

“If you’re concerned about your safety, don’t go to Maryland.” -Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Brewer of Howard County, Maryland.

Said a few months ago to a stalking victim, but it fits in well with this story too. Seems that it would be a good state tourism motto after all.

LibraryGryffon on April 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

I think both you and I know that would make you a Baltimoron…

JohnGalt23 on April 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Snort. Guess so, but it’s still a great place to get a softshell crab sammich and a Natty Bo.

katy the mean old lady on April 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

“…housecleaning from the top down…”

Not gonna happen in this state.

Ever.

Gatsu on April 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

…mass incarceration is a national racial project,

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Yet you see no problem with a mass abortion project targeting predominantly black and poor people.

Get stuffed you phony, self-righteous, hypocritical little poofter.

Solaratov on April 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

….. W J Z ….. (channel 13, Baltimore)
.
I can never view those three letters in that sequence, without missing Jerry Turner ….. and yes, Al Sanders.
.
I can’t help but wonder what they would say about this story.

listens2glenn on April 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM

I was born and raised in the DC-area part of Maryland (PG county for those of you familiar). Then my brother moved away, I joined the Army and didn’t come back, my sister went away to grad school and my parents finally moved. I have one sister still there, so I don’t get back much. Kinda sad but can’t blame any of us. I still root for the Terps and Skins though!

hump1201 on April 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM

The problem with liberal ‘compassion’ is that liberals are always and invariably ‘compassionate’ for the wrong people.

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

including the mothers of White’s children, some of whom tattooed Tavon’s name on their bodies.

I see by the quote in your post that it was the mothers who got the tattoos, not the children. Whew.

We need to go back to the old ways: No TV, no gyms, no roaming. A criminal is locked in his cell 23/24, and gets three meals a day (only supper is hot).

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I will disagree with only one part, Liam. They should only be in their cells for 10 hours at night, and possibly for accountability around meals. Otherwise, they should be working their heinies off. If they don’t want to work, then they should be in their cells, 23/24 – and their meals should be vitamin-enriched gruel, bread and water. And that one hour out should be in a small yard with no one else around; they can sit on their kiester or they can walk around in circles.

Your comment only works as a joke if it concedes the logic of my post;

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Uh, no.

the notion of a “liberal” prison system is pure fantasy.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Only if you don’t know what progressivism has advocated and accomplished over the years in regard to prisons. Eliminating chain gangs was a progressive campaign. Allowing them privileges (like TV and gyms) disguised as “rights” is also a standard progressive meme.

Everything about this situation screams failed liberal ideology at work.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

No kidding.

Taking the water taxi through the Inner Harbor certainly beats a gondola ride through the canals of Venice.

Happy Nomad on April 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Have you been in Venice? Unless they’ve cleaned it up in the last two decades, a gondola ride isn’t as romantic as it used to be. Blecch.

GWB on April 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

The problem with liberal ‘compassion’ is that liberals are always and invariably ‘compassionate’ for the wrong people.

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Good way to summarize some of what I was trying to say above about libtardslaveanddie. He’s more concerned about drug dealers, drug users, and gang-bangers (redundant) than he is about the victims of their crimes – i.e. law-abiding black citizens just trying to survive.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Baltimore IS a ruin. I’m glad our prison ministry didn’t try to enter that prison.

RiverCocytus on April 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

.
Christ, apparently, only cares about *some* sinners.

libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

.
It’s not a question of “care”, it’s a question of FAITH. If you don’t believe your personal safety is secure in a given ‘local’, you shouldn’t be going there.

There’s no such thing (person, actually) as a sinner who’s “TOO sinful” for Jesus’ redemption, and LOVE.
But there are Christian believers, whose FAITH is not developed enough to enter certain situation / environments, without “undue risk.”.
In fact, our country (U.S.) seems to be awash with such Christians.

listens2glenn on April 26, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Data hurts you doesn’t it? That’s a sorry way to go through life I must say…
 
libfreeordie on April 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

 
Where did you post data? I saw opinions like
 

mass incarceration is a national racial project

 
something something, but no data.
 
Did your post get moderated or a crucial sentence left out?

rogerb on April 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

hey let’s put Female officers in a place where males are housed and see what happens.

unseen on April 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Good way to summarize some of what I was trying to say above about libtardslaveanddie. He’s more concerned about drug dealers, drug users, and gang-bangers (redundant) than he is about the victims of their crimes – i.e. law-abiding black citizens just trying to survive.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

He’s too hung up on race and homosexuality, in the liberal meanings of the terms, to grasp anything straight-up (no pun intended).

I mean, if a redneck brutalizes a homosexual black man just because he’s there, I don’t want Redneck to have a good time hanging out with the Aryan Brotherhood making jokes, as if prison is just a long Obama-style vacation. I want Redneck to suffer, because he’s a criminal. In the meantime, his victim’s life is changed forever, and not in a good way.

But libfree has too many mental filters to grasp what is really right, what is really justice. In sum, a typical liberal.

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 1:48 PM

hey let’s put Female officers in a place where males are housed and see what happens.

unseen on April 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

What could possibly go wrong?

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Snort. Guess so, but it’s still a great place to get a softshell crab sammich and a Natty Bo.

katy the mean old lady on April 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

National Bohemian was the worst God damned beer I’ve ever had.

Years ago, my Wife and I spent an Anniversay weekend in
Baltimore….spent most of it in Fells Point. This was
before we had kids, so we got Ker Smashed….Being that it
was October, all the bars had College football on…

But I will say this, the best Italian restuarant I ever
ate in was in Baltimore. It is called Boccaccio. Don’t know
if it’s still there??

ToddPA on April 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Too bad libfree ran. I have a story of racism to tell him.

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

libfree frets more about being black and gay than do Conservatives.

Liam on April 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM

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