Higher-Than-Average Rate Of Inmate Abuse In MD Prison: What Would Real Reform Take?

Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in JessupMay 20, 2013 – Segment 1

According to a U.S. Department of Justice study released last week, the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup has higher-than-average rates of inmate abuse. Nearly 13 percent of inmates at that facility reported being abused either by a fellow inmate or staff member. We talk with legislators and prison reform advocates about what real reform means. Our guests include:

  • Delegate Sam Arora, Democrat representing Maryland’s 19th District (Montgomery County) in the Maryland House of Delegates;
  • Delegate Nicholaus Kipke, House Minority Leader for the Maryland House of Delegates and Republican representing Maryland’s 31st District (Anne Arundel County);
  • Tracy Velazquez, former Vice Chair of the Montana Democratic Party and former Director of the Justice Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.;
  • and Chris Daley, Deputy Executive Director of Just Detention International.


Written by Marc Steiner

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