Warden of riot-torn prison is replaced

July 31, 1991|By Thom Loverro | Thom Loverro,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun

HAGERSTOWN -- While a probe continues into the causes of the May 25 inmate uprising at the Maryland Correctional Institution at Hagerstown, the warden of the riot-torn prison has been transferred to an administrative position, state corrections officials said yesterday.

Mason Waters, who was warden at MCI at Hagerstown for more than two years, will be replaced by Lloyd L. Waters, who is warden at the neighboring Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, corrections spokesman. (He said the two men are not related.)

Mason Waters will head the program on classification and procedures for inmate sentences and time served, Sergeant Shipley said.

When asked if Richard A. Lanham Sr., the state's commissioner of corrections, was dissatisfied with the MCI-H operations, Sergeant Shipley said, "He feels that this will enhance the operation of the institution at Hagerstown."

The riot at Hagerstown left 44 inmates and 14 guards injured and caused more than $1.5 million in damage.

Inmates, in letters to relatives and The Sun, have claimed that white correctional officers beat 20 to 30 black inmates several hours before the riot, which started in the prison's cafeteria.

Mr. Lanham has said videotapes of the "forcible extraction" of the inmates that morning from their cells will vindicate the correctional officers.

Sergeant Shipley said the division's probe into the riot has been slowed by the recent hostage situation and inmate unrest at the Maryland Penitentiary.

Jon P. Galley of the Roxbury Correctional Institution, also in Hagerstown, has been appointed to fill Lloyd L. Waters' position at MCTC. Mr. Galley will be succeeded at Roxbury by Ron Moates, who is now assistant warden of the prison. In addition to the warden moves, 11 correctional officers and three civilian employees have been transferred among the three institutions, Sergeant Shipley said.

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