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New Jail In Baltimore Has A $1B Price Tag

They may need to go back to the drawing board with this one….

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is moving forward with plans for a new type of jail with a $1 billion price tag. 

Thanks to supply chain issues and inflation, the plan holds the title of “the most expensive state-run project in Maryland history.”

However, they are not blaming the state’s shortcomings in medical and mental health care on the physical limitations presented in the building. More so, they are wondering about the complexities behind running a health care system, specifically when the number of beds is being scaled down – from 1,462 to 854. Director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project and a plaintiff in the health care lawsuit, David Fathi, called the Baltimore jail system a “train wreck of dysfunction.”

“Building a new building is not going to fix all of the problems by any means,” he said.

But the main issue parties involved are focusing on is cost. As lawmakers refer to the governor’s priorities, Sen. Craig Zucker (D-MD), who serves as chair of the General Assembly committee, says they have taken notes on the project’s rising cost. “We’re keeping an eye on it,” Zucker said. 

Source: Black Enterprise

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