Capital Matters

February 01, 1991

More prison beds

State corrections officials have decided to add at least 500 more beds to a proposed state prison in Western Maryland.

A prison population projected to grow from 17,554 to 25,000 by the mid-1990s pointed to a need to expand the proposed minimum- and medium-security prison to at least 3,000 beds, said Leonard Sipes, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

The Schaefer administration has included $3.5 million in its proposed 1992 capital budget to design and buy land for the facility, which will likely be located in Allegany County. Allegany County officials last week submitted a list of potential prison sites to Public Safety Secretary Bishop L. Robinson. "The exact site selection is still under study," Mr. Sipes said.

If approved by the legislature, the Allegany County facility would be the state's biggest single prison. Currently, the largest inmate population is at the Maryland Correctional Training Center, one of three correctional facilities in Hagerstown, which held 2,548 prisoners as of yesterday.

Quote of the day

"I don't think at this juncture there's a snowball's chance in hell for the full bill to pass."

-- Sen. John A. Cade, R-Anne Arundel, referring to the Linowes tax restructuring proposals


10 a.m.: Senate convenes, Senate chamber.

10:30 a.m.: House convenes, House chamber, followed by joint session for swearing in of state Treasurer Lucille Maurer.

1 p.m.: Senate Budget and Taxation Committee considers Schaefer administration fiscal year 1991 budget-balancing bill, Room 100, Senate Office Building.

There are 66 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.

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