O'Malley notes crime at lowest in 30 years, but omits corrections initiatives in speech
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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling attention to reduced crime rates in Maryland, but initiatives he's proposing to increase prison security went unmentioned in his final State of the State speech.

O'Malley, a Democrat, said Thursday that Maryland now has reduced violent crime to 30-year lows. He also underscored that there are now fewer people incarcerated in Maryland's prisons now than at any time since 1994.

But the governor avoided mention of a variety of steps he's taking to increase prison security in the aftermath of 44 federal indictments last year in a contraband conspiracy at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

For example, he is proposing some changes to the Correctional Officers' Bill of Rights. He also has put $4 million in the budget to hire 100 correctional officers.