Government groups believe they are making an impact at the Baltimore City Detention Center – a jail believed over-run with corruption after issues surrounding a gang boss “running the jail” made national headlines.
In a press release issued Friday, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services announced charges against two officers in the jail and the appointment of a new director of the internal investigative unit.
Mark Carter, currently serving as the chief financial officer for the Maryland State Police will assume the position as the IIU director in September. The announcement of his appointment follows charges against corrections officer Sean Graves and corrections officer Clarissa Clayton.
In February 2013, the State's Attorney's Office charged Corrections Officer Sean Graves with possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, possession of contraband and narcotics in a place of confinement, and possession of narcotics following an investigation by a DPSCS IIU investigation.
Officials say Graves was apprehended as he attempted to sneak six tablets of oxycodone into the facility. Graves resigned on May 22 after charges were brought. He was indicted on July 24.
Yesterday, action was also taken in connection with corrections officer Clarissa Clayton and her boyfriend, Craig Parker. Investigators say the two attacked Clayton's uncle. The attack happened away from BCDC, and outside of Clayton's official capacity as a correctional officer.
In June, Clayton and Parker were charged with misdemeanor second-degree assault for the incident.
Clayton resigned on Thursday.
"Partnering with DPSCS and Maryland State Police, we are making progress in our drive to ensure both that correctional officers uphold the law rather than violate it and that our correctional facilities are free of illegal contraband and corruption," State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said.
"Any employee involved in corruption, or who contributes to institutional violence that puts his or her colleagues in danger, should be on notice," said DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard. "We have the tools and we will come after you."
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