City jail inmates protest conditions

July 12, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

About 100 Baltimore City Detention Center prisoners protested for about an hour early yesterday in what prison officials called "a peaceful demonstration" about living conditions.

No one was hurt and no property was damaged in the disturbance that began about 3:45 a.m.

The disturbance occurred on the fourth-floor dormitory of the detention center's Jail Industries Building in the 500 block of E. Madison St., said Barbara Cooper, a spokeswoman for the division of pretrial detention and services.

The building houses medium security-level prisoners.

The prisoners, who barricaded the door to the dormitory with a table, huddled together and complained loudly, Ms. Cooper said.

"They demanded to meet with a top official regarding conditions in their particular dormitory," Ms. Cooper said.

William Jednorski, assistant warden of operations, met briefly with the prisoners. He asked them to draw up a list of their concerns and promised to meet with representatives of the dormitory at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

The prisoners agreed, and the protest ended.

Yesterday's incident was the second prison disturbance in Maryland in two days.

On Friday, two inmates at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup were stabbed, one fatally and the other critically injured, following a prison yard fight.

Clifton Sylvester Jones, 23, a Suitland man who was serving a sentence of life plus 40 years for first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery and a handgun violation, was pronounced dead at the prison.

Johnny Eugene Evans, 36, remained in serious but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Two convicted murderers are suspected in the stabbing, prison officials said.

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