3 Roxbury guards could be dismissed

Excessive force against inmates alleged

March 14, 2008

Three correctional officers assigned to the Roxbury Correctional Institution at Hagerstown in Western Maryland could face termination amid allegations of using excessive force against inmates, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said yesterday.

The names of and specific allegations against the officers were withheld because of the continuing investigation.

The disciplinary action stemmed from an incident last week, said spokesman Rick Binetti. He declined to describe what happened.

The recommendation for termination was the result of a Division of Correction administrative investigation, the department said. In addition, a criminal investigation will be conducted by the department's internal investigative unit and the Maryland State Police.

Additional staff disciplinary action will be taken as necessary, the department said.

"The department has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the use of excessive force," Gary D. Maynard, department secretary, said in a statement.

Roxbury is a medium-security facility housing approximately 1,750 inmates.

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