StateStat, Governor Martin O’Malley’s vaunted data metric system for measuring government performance, contains no specific information on contraband seizures for the facility at the heart of prison scandal where the U.S. Justice Department alleges several guards assisted the Black Guerrilla Family gang in drug trafficking and money laundering.
According to thefederal indictment13 sate correctional officers assisted the BGF’s criminal enterprise outside the prison by smuggling cellphones, drugs and other contraband into the state run Baltimore City Detention Center. BGF kingpin, Tavon White, impregnated four female prison guards. On an intercepted cell phone call White said, “This is my jail. You understand that? I’m dead serious. I make every final call in this jail.”
Despite boastingabout “improving gang intelligence” and being “a leader in cell phone interdiction” DPSCS StateStat reports list no information about the number of cell phone or other contraband seizures, if any at BCDC.
The latest StateStat contraband summary detailing DPSCS seizures, issued in March of 2012, does not list any specific contraband seizures data for BCDC. Notes from that March StateStat meeting indicate a decrease in cell phone seizures at maximum-security facilities, but that cell phone smuggling is “consistently pervasive” at pre-release facilities. The meeting notes also report that monitoring cameras were installed “on the Eager St. side of BCDC” to monitor “cell phones thrown over the wall.”The report also noted a 160 percent increase in seizures between November and December of 2011.
This begs the question why doesn’t StateStat break out cell phone and other contraband seizures at BCDC as it does for other correctional facilities?
“Once again state stat does not work as advertised” said Larry Hogan, Chairman of the grassroots group Change Maryland. “Cell phones in prison are the keys to the kingdom, allowing bad actors like Tayvon White to do everything from ordering hits on the street to getting drugs and other contraband inside the prison. O’Malley should stop talking about state stat unless it works.” According to the StateStat report web page, 29 DPSCS State Stat meetings were held in 2011, but only 4 in 2012.None of the reports from 2011 contain contraband seizure information for BCDC.