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Panel backs $533M plan to improve old jail complex

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 1:23pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A panel of Maryland lawmakers is proposing to support a $533 million plan over 10 years to redevelop the old Baltimore City Detention Center in the aftermath of a corruption scandal.

The 14-member panel is scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss 18 draft recommendations.

The recommendations come from a Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services report issued in June.

One recommendation includes a $296 million replacement of the Men's Detention Center. It would be built in three phases beginning in fiscal year 2019.

The recommendations also include a $96 million replacement of the Women's Detention Center. Construction would begin in fiscal year 2018.

Another recommendation urges the state to enhance safety and security until the new facilities are built, including replacing manually operated corridor doors.

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