After complaining loudly about the direction of Maryland prisons, state correctional officers got their pound of flesh. Frank C. Sizer Jr., the state's commissioner of corrections, is leaving his job.
Mr. Sizer, who tried to crack down on contraband and improve prison conditions, announced his retirement last week. But the relentless campaign by prison guards and their unions helped push him out the door. The murders of two correctional officers this year have intensified calls by prison staffers and some legislators for a change at the top.