ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Cellphone blocking technology will be installed at the Baltimore City Detention Center and added measures will be taken to better screen correctional officer applicants, Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration announced early Thursday in response to a contraband smuggling scandal.
The new steps were released ahead of a hearing before state lawmakers on the scandal that resulted in the federal indictments of 25 people, including 13 correctional officers. The actions are in addition to a number of steps the administration already has taken to address embarrassing allegations at the state-run jail outlined in the indictment. Previous steps included the firing of a security chief, moving 31 high-risk detainees and a personnel review at the jail.
"We understand there is more work to do -- and we are working every day -- to build the public's confidence in our prison system," O'Malley, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing the new actions.