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Public Justice Center comment on closure of dangerous, crumbling jail facility in Baltimore

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2015
 
CONTACT:
Debra Gardner, Public Justice Center, 410-625-9409, ext. 228, gardnerd@publicjustice.org

BALTIMORE -- Today Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced plans to close the Men’s Detention Center, a decaying facility in the Baltimore jail system. In June, the Public Justice Center, American Civil Liberties Union and the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander filed a motion to reopen the federal case Duvall v. Hogan for failing to provide adequate medical and mental health care and safe and sanitary living conditions at the Men’s Detention Center and other facilities in the Baltimore jail system.

Public Justice Center Legal Director Debra Gardner had this comment:
 
“We are glad that detainees will not suffer from the decrepit conditions at the Men’s Detention Center. This positive development will not improve the dangerously poor medical and mental health care at the remaining facilities in the Baltimore jail system, however. In these conditions, detainees have become sicker and even died. Maryland must care for the health of those in its custody.”

More information about Duvall v. Hogan:
http://www.publicjustice.org/our-work/prisoners-rights


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