3 correctional officers hurt during brawl at Patuxent Institution

February 20, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Three correctional officers were injured when a fight broke out among 21 young inmates at the Patuxent Institution on Tuesday night.

The fight, which started about 6: 30 p.m. in a dayroom at the maximum-security prison, stemmed from tensions that had been building between Baltimore and Washington youths, said Joseph Henneberry, director of Patuxent. Those involved were at the prison as part of the Patuxent Youth Program, which takes inmates between the ages of 16 and 21.

One officer fractured his hand after slipping on a wet floor during the fight, which lasted about 15 minutes; another received a concussion, and a third was hit on the back of the neck with a hot-water pot, Henneberry said. No inmates were injured.

A smaller fight involving six youths broke out yesterday morning, but was stopped before anyone was injured, the director said.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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