Behind bars: Inside Baltimore’s jail through the years

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Holding about 2,500, the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) can accommodate offenders of all security levels. As Baltimore City’s jail, it houses detainees awaiting trial and also offenders serving short sentences. Over the years, the correctional facility has seen its share of structural additions and problems.

Making national headlines, a Black Guerilla Family gang indictment unsealed this week named 25 people — including 13 women working as corrections officers at BCDC — who face racketeering and drug charges. Click to read the indictment to see how a gang took over the Baltimore jail.

COVER STORY: Investigators say the Black Guerrilla Family gang turned the Baltimore City Detention Center into a ‘stronghold’
By Ian Duncan, Kevin Rector and Scott Calvert | Baltimore Sun
April 28, 2013

Corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center were preparing for a middle-of-the-night search of jail cells, aimed at rooting out drugs, cell phones, weapons and any other contraband inmates had stashed away. But the officers weren’t the only ones getting ready.

Hours before the planned checks in January, an FBI affidavit says, word reached Tavon White, an inmate who prosecutors say reigned as the jailhouse leader of a violent gang called the Black Guerrilla Family.

White’s alleged tipster, according to court records: a corrections officer at the jail.

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