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Smoot had been in central booking since May 4 on a theft charge, awaiting trial in June. He was initially held on $5,000 bail, which was later reduced. His family said they had intended to bail him out on Monday.
Delvonna Smoot, Smoot’s niece, said she saw her uncle’s body and his face was bruised and bloody. “The doctors said they’ve never seen another human being beat somebody as bad as they beat my uncle, never,” she said.
The incident is the latest problem for Maryland’s troubled prison system. An inmate died last year after a violent encounter with prison staff. Another was allegedly strangled in February on a prison bus, leading an inmate to be charged and prison officials to fire three officers and discipline two others.
One article describes people napping under toilets and puking on each other.
If these cells are so small, and there is a problem with overcrowding, i wonder how exactly did 25-30 guards were able to fit in his cell....
Notice the article says, an altercation broke out. it is very possible there were more people who made this altercation... i doubt 25-30 guards can get inside one of these cells and beat up anyone...
A guard had trouble getting Smoot back in his cell Saturday night at the state-run Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, authorities said, and he called for backup. A struggle broke out, and 25 to 30 guards were involved, said Archer Blackwell, a spokesman for the guards union.
Mark Vernarelli, a state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman, declined to release details of the fight. But Warren Brown, an attorney for Smoot's family, said the inmate was "beaten and stomped while in his cell by a number of officers."
The facility is so overcrowded that last month a judge ordered all inmates held longer than 24 hours to be set free.
Smoot had been in central booking since May 4 on a theft charge, awaiting trial in June. He was initially held on $5,000 bail, which was later reduced. His family said they had intended to bail him out Monday.
Zip saidObviously you've never been to jail before. I have been a couple times for socially-acceptable crimes . . .
Originally posted by JoeDoaks
Zip you need to quit 'churning' your own articles- bad form.
Bias is just one of those buttons that should be removed. As long as it exists-
deal with it