ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says the last inmates in the dangerously decrepit men's section of the Baltimore City Detention Center are being moved out as it permanently closes by the end of business Tuesday.
The detention center pre-dates modern penal facility standards, with some of its walls dating to the 19th century. It has been notorious for hazardous conditions, including blind corners and dark corridors. It also has been targeted for decades by reform attempts.
Hogan announced plans July 30 to close the state-run jail where some inmates and guards ran a criminal conspiracy, saying the state would save $10 million to $15 million annually. Soon after the announcement, officials began moving about 1,100 inmates and detainees to other Baltimore area detention centers, keeping them in proximity to local courts.