Today we’ve taken a big step toward that goal.
A federal grand jury today indicted 80 defendants – correctional officers, offenders, and outside players – for a racketeering conspiracy which involved smuggled contraband, paying and accepting bribes, and sometimes retaliating with violence against informants.
“I hired Secretary Stephen Moyer with the directive to aggressively root out corruption in our state correctional facilities, and that is exactly what he has done,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement.
Secretary Moyer and Public Safety staff initiated the investigation, asking the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to help. “It was extremely courageous of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to allow the access required to conduct this type of investigation,” Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the FBI’s Baltimore Division said in a statement.
“Public Service is a noble calling,” Secretary Moyer said. “This is not for everyone. You need a burning desire in your heart and soul to do the greater good for others — citizens of this great state.”
With support from the Governor’s Office, the Department of Public Safety is working law enforcement on several initiatives aimed at rooting out corruption and making our facilities and our state safer:
- Worked with Gov. Larry Hogan, who took the initiative to shut down the disgraced Baltimore City Jail;
- Bolstered its Internal Investigative Division, assigning employees to work with the FBI, U.S. Attorney, Maryland Attorney General, and State’s Attorneys;
- Created new contraband interdiction teams to root out smuggling;
- Increased corruption investigations of staff by nearly 40 percent;
- Established an easy-to-use anonymous tip line for Public Safety employees;
- Overhauled our Human Resources leadership, intensifying background checks and mandating polygraph tests for Correctional Officer applicants.