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A Maryland jail plagued by allegations of corruption and incompetence says it will partner with a nonprofit group to improve its management practices.

The interim director of the Prince George's County department of corrections tells The Washington Post her agency has entered into an agreement with the Vera Institute of Justice to improve the county's jail.

Vera staff members will interview jail employees to learn what the jail does well and what it could do better. Within a year they'll develop a model for independent oversight of the jail.

The jail has been criticized for its handling of the death of a 19-year-old in custody as well as other problems.

Vera has similar arrangements in parts of Colorado, Nevada, Florida and Texas. The nonprofit group has offices in New York and Washington.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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