The BGF’s Tavon White complains about conditions in new facility
Tavon White (pictured), the alleged Black Guerrilla Family leader charged in a racketeering indictment stemming from correctional corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center, is currently being held at North Branch Correctional Facility (NBCI) in Cumberland – and he’s not happy about his conditions of confinement there, according to a motion for a hearing filed this morning by his attorney, Gary Proctor.
Saying White’s “continued confinement within the Maryland Department of Corrections needs to be reconsidered,” Proctor’s motion points out that White’s belongings had yet to make it to NBCI, leaving him with only “a jump suit, one pair of underwear, shower sandals, [and] a sheet for the bed.” Letters from White to Proctor “have yet to arrive” at Proctor’s address, and White was only “allowed to make one call to counsel on arrival, but none since.”
What’s more, Proctor says his visit with White was limited to “less than an hour” and was “non-contact” – though Proctor had been assured previously he’d be able to visit him face to face – so going through documents “is nigh on impossible when talking through glass, with no means to pass documents through to one another.”
Proctor asserts that, given his experience so far, “it appears possible, if not probable, that Mr. White’s continued incarceration by the Maryland Department of Corrections will harm the attorney-client relationship and effective preparation for trial,” which likely will involve going over “large amounts of audio discovery” and “thousands (if not tens of thousands) of pages” of documents with White.
Thus, Proctor wants a court hearing to explore how to adjust White’s detention so that the current obstacles to trial preparation can be overcome.