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McDonough Calls For Firing Of State Prisons Head

The Middle River Republican wants Gary Maynard "fired two weeks ago" and Gov Martin O'Malley to call in the FBI to investigate gang problems in state correctional facilities.

The head of the state prison system should be fired after federal indictments of 25 guards and inmates were made public last week, according to Del. Pat McDonough.

"Gary Maynard should be fired, like two weeks ago," McDonough, a Middle River Republican, said. "This has been going on for years. It's widespread and it's institutional."

Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for the governor, said O'Malley "has repeatedly expressed confidence in Secretary Maynard."

Earlier this week, O'Malley called the indictments a positive development in the fight against gangs, according to a WMAR television report.

The governor praised Maynard during a May 1 Board of Public Works meeting.

"You do good work rooting out corruption," O'Malley told Maynard.

The governor later told Maynard he had his support in continuing to expose corruption in the prisons and noted that some of the issues date back before his administration.

"We have a lot of work to do but there's a lot of progress that has been made," O'Malley said.

McDonough Thursday said problems in the prison system that houses 25,000 inmates spans O'Malley's two terms in office and has resulted in the deaths of inmates and Marylanders who were not incarcerated.

In July 2007, Carl Lackl was killed outside his Rosedale home. Lackl was killed because he was to testify in a case involving Patrick Byers, a member of the Bloods gang.

Byers was convicted of ordering the hit on Lackl from his prison cell using a smuggled cell phone.

Last week, 13 female correctional officers in a state prison in Baltimore were accused in indictments of working with members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang to smuggle in drugs and other contraband.

Tavon "Bulldog" White, the alleged leader of the gang, is accused of fathering five children with four female corrections officers, according to the indictments.

"Bulldog White did a better job of running that institution than Maynard or O'Malley," McDonough said.

Maynard also called for O'Malley to set up a commission to look into corruption in the system and to have the FBI or another independent agency to more fully investigate the prison system.

ZIG May 03, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Mcdonough is a opportunist who latches on to any sensational news item. I know nothing about Mr. Maynard. I will follow the developments and see what turns up Mr. Mcdonough cares little about anything except headlines. He is a stain on the state of Maryland and is not fit to Hold office. I hope that Mr Maynard can solve this. If not, get someone else.
amark May 03, 2013 at 11:07 PM
This is an embarrassment to the state and it's amazing that even the usual patch left wingers will defend Owe'malley on here and attack McDonough. Defending the indefensible. That's ok; this is just one more thing to go after Owe'malley on when he launches his white house run.
Dennis Gilpin May 04, 2013 at 02:35 AM
All politicians are opportunists. The problem is that some support bills that are not in the best interest of the citizens. Law abiding citizens should be their first consideration and "lastly" the criminals who prey on society. These "people were put in prison for a reason and when they are " permitted" to run criminal activities while we pay for their room and board is beyond stupid. Those who permitted it should get jail time themselves.
Bob Higginbotham May 04, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Left wing nut cases run the schools, left wing nut cases are beginning to run the Army and, in the case of the facility downtown, the prisoners do run the place. One out of three is not too good.
Christopher Kidwell May 06, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Bob, one person's left wing nut case is another person's sane moderate. Let's be real here: both political parties today are RIGHT of center, the Democrats just not as much as the Republicans and nowhere near as much as the Tea Party.

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