Male inmate found stabbed at correction annex

July 08, 2004|By Molly Knight | Molly Knight,SUN STAFF

A 28-year-old inmate at the Maryland House of Correction Annex in Jessup was stabbed yesterday morning in a dormitory, prison officials said.

At around 10:30 a.m., guards at the maximum-security facility found a male inmate suffering from several stab wounds to his head and neck. The man, whose name was not released pending notification of family, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment, said Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Vernarelli said the incident resulted in a partial lockdown of the prison, which houses about 1,200 inmates and the highest percentage of convicted murderers in the state system.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's Anne Arundel and Howard editions incorrectly reported details about a prison stabbing Wednesday. The prison's name is the Maryland Correctional Institution, Jessup. The Maryland State Police department is not investigating the incident; it is being handled by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The Sun regrets the errors.

Prison officials and the Maryland State Police are investigating the attack, and Vernarelli said he expects to have a suspect soon.

"We have highly trained individuals conducting an internal investigation into this, and they will get to the bottom of it," he said.

As soon as a suspect is named, he or she will be charged and separated from the prison's general population.

In the past two years, two major stabbing incidents - both fatal - have occurred at the Maryland House of Correction Annex in Jessup, which opened in 1991 next to the Maryland House of Correction.

Still, Vernarelli said, "Incidents of violence continue to be quite rare in our system."

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