Employee with access to prisoner's record resigns as inquiry continues

March 25, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A state Division of Correction employee who had access to the paperwork of an inmate who was mistakenly released from prison resigned yesterday as an investigation of the incident continued.

Leonard A. Sipes Jr., spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said he could "not say conclusively" that the voluntary resignation had to do with the investigation into the release of Tariq K. Price.

Price was released Feb. 18 from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore despite an eight-year sentence he had recently received for burglary and car theft. He has since been returned to prison.

Sipes said the employee, whom he did not identify, quit before being interviewed by investigators.

Sipes said that Richard A. Lanham Sr., commissioner of correction, ordered yesterday that inmates entering prison for violating terms of release -- as Price did -- be checked to verify whether other charges are pending against them.

Pub Date: 3/25/98

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