Jailhouse Racketeering: Who Controls Our Prisons?

Jailhouse Racketeering: Who Controls Our Prisons?

Thirteen jail guards helped a gang deal drugs and launder money from inside the Baltimore City jail, according to recent indictments. Kojo explores the prevalence of gangs and racketeering inside our prisons.

Thirteen female jail guards allegedly helped a national gang deal drugs and launder money from inside the Baltimore city jail. Experts say it happens across the country, especially at urban jails where inmates and guards come from the same community, budget cuts mean fewer guards to support each other and black markets for contraband items thrive. Kojo explores the prevalence of gangs and racketeering inside our prisons, and asks who is responsible.

Guests

Brenda Smith

Professor, Washington College of Law, American University; Member, National Prison Rape Commission (2003-2009)

Martin Horn

Distinguished Lecturer, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; former Commissioner of Corrections for the city of New York; former Secretary of Corrections for the state of Pennsylvania

Glenn Ivey

Former State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County, Maryland; former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, DC; Attorney at Leftwich and Ludaway

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