Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement after the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) announced the indictments of 25 correctional officers:
“From the first day of our administration, we have been working diligently to root out wrongdoing and corruption no matter where it is taking place, including in the state’s correctional system. Our administration funded more prosecutors for the state’s corruption unit and doubled the number of investigators for prison corruption. We strengthened the gang statutes that will be used to prosecute these horrendous crimes.
“Today’s announcement follows an extensive investigation initiated by our Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. With this latest round of indictments, our anti-corruption actions have led to the arrests and convictions of over 200 officers, inmates, and citizen accomplices.
“We are again making clear that we have absolutely no tolerance whatsoever for corruption of any kind in our state prison system or anywhere else in state government. Our correctional officers have one of the most difficult jobs in all of public safety, and we will not let the criminal behavior of the few tarnish the great work of the nearly 5,000 dedicated officers who serve with distinction every single day.”
NOTE: Under the Hogan administration, DPSCS doubled the number of IID detectives–essentially the internal police force within corrections and the other Public Safety agencies. The enhanced team of investigators is tasked with criminal investigation across the department.