A day after returning from a weeklong trade mission to Israel, the governor told a State House news conference that he is standing firmly behind Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services Gary D. Maynard in the wake of a federal probe that found widespread corruption and smuggling at the city jail.
O'Malley called Maynard "one of the best public safety secretaries in the entire nation" and gave him much of the credit for setting the investigation in motion by alerting federal authorities 18 months ago.
The governor said he directed Maynard to cooperate fully with the
O'Malley vowed that the effort to "root out" rather than merely suppress corruption would continue in the state's prison system.
"This is the beginning. This is not the end," he said.