Common decency requires that we protect inmates from abuse.
The Black Guerrilla Family prison gang controlled the Baltimore city jail. According to a federal indictment, 27 correctional officers, along with 17 others, “were in bed with BGF inmates.” That would be literally and figuratively. Gang leader Tavon White impregnated no fewer than four female guards. One had “Tavon” tattooed on her wrist. Guards smuggled in cell phones, drugs, and other contraband. Inmates who were not gang members were forced to pay protection money to the BGF, or get family members to do so. According to the indictment, White boasted of his control of the prison on his prohibited cell phone:
This is my jail. You understand that? I’m dead serious. . . . I make every final call in this jail . . . and nothing go past me. . . . Any of my brothers that deal with anybody, it’s gonna come to me. Before (somebody) stab somebody, they gotta run it through me.