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Statement of U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein Concerning the Agreement by the State of Maryland to House 96 Additional Federal Pretrial Detainees at Baltimore Supermax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2008

“I am grateful to Secretary Gary D. Maynard of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for entering into an agreement with the Federal Detention Trustee to house 96 additional federal pretrial detainees in the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore. By increasing to 240 the number of federal prisoners held at ‘Baltimore Supermax,’ Secretary Marynard’s decisive action helps to address a major federal law enforcement challenge. Credit also is due to Federal Detention Trustee Stacia A. Hylton, U.S. Marshal Johnny Hughes, the Federal Bar Association and many others who worked to bring about this result.”

“The increasing number of significant federal criminal prosecutions in Maryland has resulted in a tremendous increase in the number of defendants held without bail while awaiting trial in federal court. The number of federal detainees rose from an average of 253 inmates per day in 1999 to 464 in 2007, and spiked to 532 in May 2008.”

“Pretrial detention is a crucial law enforcement tool, because keeping dangerous defendants in custody prior to trial prevents them from committing additional crimes and intimidating witnesses. Many of the defendants prosecuted in Maryland’s federal courts are violent criminals, drug dealers or perpetrators of serial fraud schemes who would pose a danger to the community if they were released from custody.”

“Because there is no federal pretrial detention center in our area, federal authorities must lease space from state and local facilities. Pretrial detainees awaiting trial in Maryland now are held in up to 20 state, local and county facilities. Keeping defendants nearby allows them to consult with their lawyers, receive visits from their families, provide assistance to law enforcement authorities, testify in grand jury and court proceedings, and attend judicial proceedings in their criminal cases with minimal risk, expense and inconvenience.”

“The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for maintaining custody of federal prisoners while they are awaiting trial in Maryland, and transporting them to and from court. I commend the Marshals Service for the exceptional work that they do to manage the growing number of dangerous federal pretrial detainees.”

 

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