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Maryland Lawmakers Grill Officials On Baltimore Detention Center Scandal

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In Maryland, the much ballyhooed hearing on the troubled Baltimore Detention Center was held yesterday by state lawmakers in Annapolis.

Maryland's top corrections official says he expects more people at the detention center will be losing their jobs in the coming months as investigators learn more about what allegedly happened there.

Gary Maynard, the secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections, told a joint panel of senators and delegates that it was likely some of the supervisors at the jail knew of the alleged smuggling before it first came to light publicly earlier this year. Guards at the detention center are accused of smuggling drugs and cell phones to incarcerated gang members, and in some cases were having sexual relationships with the inmates.

Thirteen female corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center have been charged with federal racketeering. The indictment accuses the officers of helping a national criminal gang called the Black Guerilla Family run a highly profitable drug dealing and money laundering operation out of the jail.

The head of security at the jail was removed from her post after the scandal broke. Maynard told lawmakers that came shortly after Shavella Miles failed a polygraph test, though he didn't explicitly say that's why she was fired.

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