Electrical power was cut today to five prisons in East Baltimore, including the Maryland State Penitentiary, during a planned outage to repair defective switching equipment, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokesman said.
Emergency generators supplied limited power to the institutions. No security problems were reported. However, visits to prisoners in those facilities were canceled because of inadequate lighting.
Greg Shipley, a spokesman for the state Division of Correction, said the Maryland Penitentiary, the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center known as "Supermax," the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center, Baltimore City Correctional Center and Baltimore Pre-Release Unit were affected by the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. cutoff.
BG&E spokesman Arthur Slusark said the two feeder lines that provide power to the prison buildings were shut down to replace two defective switches on Greenmount Avenue near Madison Street.