Many people had to know about the corruption at the jail

When Laura Neuman took over John Leopold's position as Anne Arundel County executive, her first order of business was to fire his existing staff, saying his proven corruption could have only existed through the connivance of those around him.

That was very insightful on her part, but doesn't the same reasoning apply to the corruption uncovered at the Baltimore City Detention Center ("Corruption alleged at jail," April 24)?

How could all of this have gone on for so long unless many people deliberately turned their backs to what was happening?

If that's what happened it would be bad enough, but if it turns out that truly no one knew anything, then we are really in trouble.

Joyce Wolpert, Baltimore

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