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Who's Being Punished in Prison?

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NOTW has often reported on the astonishing control inmates have at certain prisons in Latin American countries, with drug cartel leaders enjoying perks nearly as pleasurable as what they had on the outside. However, according to an April federal indictment, similar problems have plagued Baltimore's City Detention Center, where members of the "Black Guerrilla Family" operated with impunity. Between 2010 and 2012, it was so corrupt, 13 female guards have now been charged, including four women who bore the children of the gang's imprisoned leader, Tavon White. Cellphones, drugs and Grey Goose vodka were among the smuggled-in contraband; the indictment charges murders were ordered from inside. Baltimore City Paper reported 14 stories in 2009 and 2010 on the center's gang-related corruption, but apparently state and federal officials weren't alarmed.

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