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Criminal Justice Professor: Troubling Relationships Between Inmates, Jailers

July 10, 2013
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Jeffrey Ian Ross, professor in the University of Baltimore's School of Criminal Justice, was featured in a piece by Fox 45 on the state of affairs inside the Baltimore City Detention Center.

"Some of the individuals who are incarcerated grew up in the same neighborhoods as those who are supervising them," Ross said. "It's very difficult to put that kind of relationship aside."

The story compared Baltimore's jail problems with those of New Orleans, where inmates' behavior received national coverage and the city was prompted to shut down the jail.

Ross pointed out that in Baltimore, long-needed resources such as working security cameras began to make their way to the jail once the news broke several weeks ago about the level of illicit activities taking place inside the facility.

"Perhaps we needed this kind of event, this indictment, so that the correctional system ... could get the resources it so badly needed," Ross said.

Watch the Fox 45 coverage.

Learn more about Ross.