Prison system to receive grant of $475,000

January 05, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Maryland prison system has won a $475,000 federal grant to combat drug use by inmates, sources said yesterday.

President Clinton is expected to announce the grant to Maryland and similar ones to seven other states, at a White House ceremony today.

The money will be used for drug-fighting efforts at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, a maximum-security prison with about 2,400 inmates.

The grant will pay for the establishment of a prison wing devoted to drug treatment, video surveillance cameras, devices for detecting drug particles and other anti-drug efforts, sources said.

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who has been Gov. Parris N. Glendening's point person on crime and drug issues, is scheduled to attend today's event at the White House.

Pub Date: 1/05/99

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