Maryland legislative hearing on prisons moved up to June 6


The Baltimore City Detention Center. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

Maryland lawmakers have rescheduled a hearing prompted by problems at a Baltimore jail for June 6, two weeks earlier than previously announced.

The meeting of the Legislative Policy Committee, made up of leading House and Senate members, will be the first formal public hearing since last month’s federal indictments of 25 inmates and corrections guards on racketeering and other charges.

Lawmakers have said they want to take a broader look at challenges facing Maryland prisons beyond troubles at the state-run Baltimore City Detention Center.

Prosecutors said the Black Guerilla Family gang essentially took over that institution. Officers smuggled in cellphones and drugs for gang members and had sex with them.

Legislative aides said the change in the hearing date was a result of key lawmakers becoming available to meet in Annapolis earlier than previously thought.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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