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A Baltimore judge held the state health secretary in civil contempt Thursday and slammed the Hogan administration for failing to provide adequate space in mental health hospitals.
Council President Patrick Moran says Deer's Head Hospital in Salisbury has had to turn away hundreds of mental health clients that need aid and assistance due to insufficient staff and beds.
Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, the first institution people are brought to after being arrested in the city, has seen a spike in assaults since Gov. Larry Hogan closed the City Jail, state statistics show.
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has announced an incentive program that it hopes will attract correctional officers.
Maryland will offer a $5,000 recruitment bonus to new correctional officers to alleviate a persistent problem with vacancies in the state prison system.
Unionized nurses and other health care professionals at state hospitals called  for more staffing on Tuesday.
There is new pressure on Gov. Larry Hogan to open up more mental health beds in state facilities.
Union members say staffing shortages at Maryland’s correctional institutions are so severe that those who need help are not getting help.