E-Alerts & Press Releases

Judge Denies State's Request to End PJC and ACLU Suit Against the Baltimore City Detention Center

On Wednesday, August 25, 2004, federal Judge J. Frederick Motz denied the State of Maryland's request to terminate an 11 year old consent decree, thereby refusing to end federal oversight of the state-operated Baltimore City Detention Center. After oral arguments, the Judge ruled that discovery was necessary because attorneys from the ACLU and the Public Justice Center had demonstrated that problems exist at the facility. The PJC and the ACLU contend violations of civil rights concerning health care and environmental conditions within the facility. "I'm persuaded that discovery is going to be necessary," Judge Motz said after 90 minutes of argument. "I'm confident the plaintiffs have made sufficient allegations of ongoing constitutional violations." 

Daily Record: Jail decree stays open for now

« Back