Feds Have Not Visited Baltimore Jail Since 2010

BALTIMORE (AP) — Justice Department officials say they have not visited the Baltimore City Detention Center since late 2010, despite concern over the jail’s handling of juvenile detainees.

The Justice Department’s civil rights division has an agreement with the state to oversee reforms at the jail. The agreement allows federal monitors to examine the site and interview detainees and staff. But Justice officials confirmed to The Baltimore Sun that the last site visit was Nov. 14, 2010.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told The Sun he would send a letter of inquiry Monday to Thomas Perez, who heads the civil rights division. He says monitors should visit “immediately.” Youths held at the jail have told The Sun about regular attacks among detainees.

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