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September 29, 1994
A brief in yesterday's editions incorrectly reported the charge for which an escaper from correctional officers had been imprisoned. The escaper, Donald Watson, had been convicted of possession of drugs with intent to distribute them.The Sun regrets the error.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
Baltimore police officer James Smith hanged himself while in his cell awaiting trial in the murder of his fiancee, an autopsy concluded on Tuesday. The office of the chief medical examiner said the cause and manner of death was suicide by hanging, said an office spokesman, Bruce Goldfarb. Smith was found unresponsive by a corrections officer making routine rounds early Monday. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 1:34 a.m. despite several efforts to resuscitate him, correctional officials said.
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May 21, 2013
I have followed national news reports of 13 correctional officer involved in partnership activities with inmates as well as four female correctional officers getting pregnant by inmates ("Alleged gang leader in poor jail conditions, his lawyer says," May 15). No one can deny that this is alarming and disgraceful! Unions will say it is the result of under-staffing and more money is the answer. Money and more staff is not the answer. It is leadership! Gov. Martin O'Malley demonstrated his lack leadership skills and lack of common sense when he endorsed the union's bill of rights which gives correctional officers an automatic appeal before three correctional officers.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
A prison in Western Maryland is on lockdown after at least one recent assault by inmates on correctional officers, and union officials have planned a meeting with the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services this week. According to Patrick Moran, president of the Maryland chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents state correctional officers, two officers were assaulted by gang-affiliated inmates Tuesday at North Branch Correctional Institution.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | June 11, 2006
Three county correctional officers who were being investigated for possible misconduct at the Harford County Detention Center recently resigned and will not be criminally charged, authorities said. The officers - two men and a woman - were accused of "infractions of agency policy and procedures" and resigned shortly after an investigation began last month, said Robert B. Thomas, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. "The warden concurred with the sheriff that an investigation was warranted in each of the three incidents and, as a result of the internal investigation, the employees at their own volition opted to resign their positions," Thomas said.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr | May 31, 1991
Damage to the Maryland Correctional Institution at Hagerstown from Saturday's 2 1/2 -hour riot in which 58 inmates and correctional officers were injured is now estimated at more than $1 million, prison officials said yesterday.Although engineers and maintenance staff were still reviewing the extent of the damage, the preliminary estimate was between $1.2 million and $1.5 million, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, spokesman for the Division of Correction. Just after the riot, officials estimated the damage at only about $50,000.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1998
Baltimore County jail officials said this week they are pushing to hire more correctional officers for the overburdened system, where 10 percent of the guard jobs remain vacant at a time when prisoners are crowded three to a cell.Dorothy Williams, jail administrator, told the County Council that six employees will start next week, and nine are being screened.She said officials are working to speed the selection process.But her assurances at Tuesday's budget work session might not be enough to satisfy correctional officers, who have intensified criticism about staffing shortages, involuntary overtime and low pay."
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 20, 2000
Correctional officers at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center voted yesterday to accept a one-year labor agreement that gives them at least a 5 percent pay raise effective July 1. The vote was 89-7, said Clifford Thrasher, president of Local 2911 of the Communication Workers of America, which represents the county's 220 correctional officers. "We've had people here for 10 years, and this is the highest raise they've [ever] received," said Thrasher, adding that the pay increase will allow the Detention Center to keep more of its employees.
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By Rafael Alvarez | February 21, 1991
Angry inmates assaulted correctional officers, broke windows and set a fire at the Baltimore City Jail early yesterday after refusing to leave a holding pen for other quarters at the jail.A Schmoke administration spokeswoman for the jail and a vice president of a union representing correctional officers gave vastly different accounts of the incident, which began about 6:30 a.m. and resulted in minor injuries.City Hall said the disturbance involved three inmates and was not serious enough to disrupt the routine at the jail; the union official said that 100 inmates were involved and that it was a "major disturbance."
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff | December 17, 1991
A 34-year-old inmate who tried to scale a fence at the House of Correction in Jessup surrendered after officers opened fire in his direction, said a corrections spokesman.Inmate Randolph McDowell, of Baltimore, made the "spontaneous" escape attempt about 3 p.m. yesterday while he and 138 other inmates were in the recreation yard at the House of Correction, said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., director of public information for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services."He bolted over an interior fence toward two perimeter security fences in the southwest corner of the yard," Sipes said.
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May 21, 2013
I have followed national news reports of 13 correctional officer involved in partnership activities with inmates as well as four female correctional officers getting pregnant by inmates ("Alleged gang leader in poor jail conditions, his lawyer says," May 15). No one can deny that this is alarming and disgraceful! Unions will say it is the result of under-staffing and more money is the answer. Money and more staff is not the answer. It is leadership! Gov. Martin O'Malley demonstrated his lack leadership skills and lack of common sense when he endorsed the union's bill of rights which gives correctional officers an automatic appeal before three correctional officers.
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May 9, 2013
The first words of Elvis Presley's classic hit, "Jailhouse Rock," were: "The warden threw a party at the county jail. " In Maryland, the entire prison system is having a party thrown by gangs and official mismanagement ("Assembly leaders to be briefed on jail problems," May 4). The recent scandal that exploded at the Baltimore City detention center is just the tip of the iceberg. The media and the press are being misled into believing this problem is isolated and of recent vintage.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
UPDATE: O'Malley's spokeswoman, Raquel Guillory, said late Wednesday that the governor had a meeting with the mayor and discussed "the history of the case and the formation of the task force. " O'Malley thanked Rawlings-Blake for the city's participation on the Maryland Prison Task Force, which "made the case with state and federal partners," Guillory said. She added that the governor asked for the city's "continued  participation as we work to expand this beach-head and follow this case as far and high as it goes.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday called last week's indictments of 25 inmates and correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center "a very positive development" in the state's fight to dismantle violent gangs in state prisons. A day after returning from a weeklong trade mission to Israel, the governor told a State House news conference that he is standing firmly behind Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services Gary D. Maynard in the wake of a federal probe that found widespread corruption and smuggling at the city jail.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
As critics of Martin O'Malley sensed a new political vulnerability, the governor insisted Tuesday that last week's indictment of inmates and correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center was "a positive achievement" in Maryland's fight against violent gangs. A day after returning from a weeklong trade mission to Israel, O'Malley said that the state instigated and acted as a full partner in the federal investigation that found widespread corruption and smuggling at the city jail.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
In a career that's spanned more than four decades in four states, Gary D. Maynard has dealt with inmate sex scandals, prison riots, suicides and shrinking public safety budgets. Last week, the Maryland corrections secretary faced a bank of TV cameras and the latest crisis in his long career. This one would make national news and prompt an outcry from across the state: Gang members allegedly built a wide-ranging criminal enterprise in the Baltimore City Detention Center, dealing drugs and impregnating correctional officers.
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By Ann LoLordo | February 23, 1991
Fearing possible criminal wrong-doing, ficers has asked the state prosecutor to investigate wholesale irregularities in the training records for guards at the Baltimore City Jail."
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2003
Correctional officers stuck in maximum-security prisons for 24 hours at a time during last month's record snowfall, with other state workers, are seeking double pay for their work while the state of emergency was in effect, a provision their union says is in its contract. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 92 filed several class action grievances last week on behalf of its members who are considered essential employees, including hospital workers and some state highway workers who plowed after 28.2 inches of snow fell.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
State corrections secretary Gary D. Maynard ordered polygraph tests Friday of top administrators and "integrity reviews" of every employee at the Baltimore City Detention Center in an effort to root out corruption at the jail. Maynard has moved his office to the facility from Towson to oversee a review of leadership, staff and operations amid allegations that the Black Guerrilla Family gang developed broad power inside the jail, a spokesman said. More than two dozen inmates and correctional officers in the city jail are charged in a scheme that officials say involved the smuggling of drugs and other contraband, including cellphones, into the facility.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2011
Baltimore police and correctional officers were searching Wednesday for a man who escaped from the downtown booking center and forced authorities to briefly shut down the Jones Falls Expressway when he apparently ran across the highway. In an unrelated incident at the city detention center, located near the booking center, prison officials said a detainee was stabbed during an altercation. Correctional officials said the detainee who escaped, Maury Figueroa, 29, got through a secured, controlled entryway while working on a sanitation detail.
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