March 25

Regarding the March 20 editorial “The balance of power in prisons”:

The indictment of 27 Baltimore City Detention Center officers last year on charges of fraternization and possession of contraband was shocking, but The Post’s suggestion that the correctional officers’ bill of rights (COBR) has helped prevent the punishment of officers who break the law is not true.

Since the implementation of COBR, 52 officers have been charged with fraternization or possession of contraband. Fifty-one were suspended, fired or quit. The COBR works.

The Post cited FBI affidavits indicating that corrupt Baltimore correctional officers felt enabled by COBR. Prisons are full of guilty people who believed they’d get away with it. So far, 11 officers have pleaded guilty, and three have been sentenced. Each received 32- to 42-month prison terms.

Jailbirds who boasted they thought they’d get away with it are not a reason to water down a common-sense law that is clearly working.

Patrick Moran, Baltimore

The writer is president of the Maryland 3 council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents more than 7,000 correctional officers in Maryland.