Inmates beat guard at Jessup after protest over lack of heat Officer not seriously hurt. 3 prisoners held.

January 23, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Evening Sun Staff

A prison guard was beaten this morning at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup by three inmates who were angry about a heating problem in a new annex of the building, correctional officials said.

The assault followed an incident yesterday in which several inmates burned paper in their cells to protest a lack of heat, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, a correction division spokesman.

David J. Blake, 29, a three-year correctional veteran, was walking in the new segregation unit of the Jessup prison at 9:30 a.m. today when the three inmates attacked him and beat him with their fists and a pair of handcuffs, Sergeant Shipley said.

The guard received cuts and bruises to his face but was not seriously injured and was conscious and alert on his way for treatment to Howard County General Hospital, Sergeant Shipley said.

Disciplinary charges are pending against the three inmates, who were taken into custody.

Sergeant Shipley said a heating specialist was at the correctional facility today to remedy the heating problem. The temperature in some areas of the building had dropped to about 60 degrees, he said.

Yesterday afternoon, three or four inmates violated prison policy by burning paper in their cell areas, correctional officials said. When one of the guards entered a cell with a police dog, an inmate punched the dog in the mouth, Sergeant Shipley said.

"The inmates have been saying they're cold and that they have no heat, but it's not that there is no heat at all," Sergeant Shipley said. "It's just that the heat hasn't been up to their standards. But we expect to have the problem corrected as soon as possible."

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