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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 2, 1998
An inmate serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery escaped yesterday from the Maryland Correctional Pre-Release System in East Baltimore, corrections officials reported.Kevin Spencer, 33, of Baltimore, escaped about 11: 25 a.m. by jumping a fence, said corrections spokeswoman Maxine Eldridge.Spencer had served 12 years of the 15-year sentence and was within two years of being released. If caught, he could be charged with escape and be sentenced to an additional 10 years, Eldridge said.
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May 16, 2007
A prisoner at the Maryland prison system's Jessup Pre-Release Unit was stabbed yesterday afternoon in an inmate-on-inmate assault, authorities said. The victim was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Maj. Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the Division of Correction. He was in stable condition last night, she said. The incident occurred about 3:20 p.m. on the outdoor basketball court of the minimum-security facility, where prisoners are held for as long as two years before they are released.
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By Susan Schoenberger | October 17, 1990
Five inmates, all with less than a year left to serve, escaped from the state prison system's Baltimore Pre-Release Unit early yesterday, correction officials said.The inmates left the Pre-Release Unit between 1:45 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. yesterday, said state police Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, spokesman for the Division of Correction.The Pre-Release Unit on Greenmount Avenue in East Baltimore is a minimum-security institution, and more than half of the 213 inmates currently assigned there hold jobs outside its walls during the day, Sergeant Shipley said.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2002
State prison officials are continuing to investigate the fatal beating of a 39-year-old man who was apparently attacked as he lay sleeping in his bed at the Baltimore Pre-Release Unit on Aug. 18. Douglas A. Smith of O'Donnell Heights had three months left to serve on a parole violation when he was found mortally wounded in his dormitory bed. He lapsed into a coma after emergency surgery and died Aug. 23 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Prison officials said Smith appeared to have been beaten in the head with a stool.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr | November 3, 1990
An investigation into the escape of five inmates from the Baltimore Pre-release Unit 2 1/2 weeks ago has resulted in the firing of the head of the facility, the suspension without pay of six correctional employees and the demotion of a correctional officer, a spokesman confirmed yesterday.George W. Redd Jr., manager of the Baltimore Pre-release Unit, was fired Monday, effective Nov. 12, as part of the investigation into the walk-off of five inmates from the Greenmount Avenue unit Oct. 16, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, spokesman for the Division of Correction.
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By Rafael Alvarez and David Simon and Rafael Alvarez and David Simon,Staff Correspondents Thomas W. Waldron and William F. Zorzi Jr. contributed to this story | January 30, 1992
HUGHESVILLE -- Inmates at the state's 175-bed Southern Maryland Pre-Release Unit in Charles County are suspected of committing a string of daytime burglaries in neighboring communities while they were out of the unit for work-release programs.State corrections officials confirmed yesterday that a probe of criminal activity by pre-release inmates at the Hughesville facility began after a correctional officer found a stolen gun. The unit's manager has announced his retirement.Officials are unsure how many inmates are involved, but several already have been transferred to higher-security prisons.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2002
State prison officials are continuing to investigate the fatal beating of a 39-year-old man who was apparently attacked as he lay sleeping in his bed at the Baltimore Pre-Release Unit on Aug. 18. Douglas A. Smith of O'Donnell Heights had three months left to serve on a parole violation when he was found mortally wounded in his dormitory bed. He lapsed into a coma after emergency surgery and died Aug. 23 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Prison officials said Smith appeared to have been beaten in the head with a stool.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,Staff Writer | December 25, 1992
Jeffrey A. Levitt, the savings and loan swindler sentenced t 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $14.6 million from his own thrift, took the first step toward work release yesterday in anticipation of his parole next year.Levitt, the 50-year-old former president of the now-defunct Old Court Savings and Loan, was transferred from the minimum-security Baltimore City Correctional Center across Greenmount Avenue to the Baltimore City Pre-release Unit, a correction official confirmed.
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By Rafael Alvarez and David Simon and Rafael Alvarez and David Simon,Sun Staff Correspondents Thomas W. Waldron and William F. Zorzi Jr. of The Sun's metropolitan staff contributed to this article | January 30, 1992
HUGHESVILLE -- Inmates at the state's 175-bed Southern Maryland Pre-Release Unit in Charles County are suspected of committing a string of daytime burglaries in neighboring communities while they were out of the unit for work-release programs.State corrections officials confirmed yesterday that a comprehensive investigation of criminal activity by pre-release inmates at the Hughesville facility began after a correctional officer found a stolen gun. The unit's manager has announced his retirement.
NEWS
May 16, 2007
A prisoner at the Maryland prison system's Jessup Pre-Release Unit was stabbed yesterday afternoon in an inmate-on-inmate assault, authorities said. The victim was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Maj. Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the Division of Correction. He was in stable condition last night, she said. The incident occurred about 3:20 p.m. on the outdoor basketball court of the minimum-security facility, where prisoners are held for as long as two years before they are released.
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2002
A 39-year-old prisoner died Friday from injuries he received in an assault a week ago at a state facility that prepares inmates for release, an official with the state Division of Corrections confirmed yesterday. Douglas Smith of Baltimore, a burglary convict just three months shy of release, was attacked at the Baltimore Pre-Release Unit on Aug. 18 under circumstances that state officials have so far refused to explain. Ronald Leverette, a spokesman for the corrections division, said an internal investigation was continuing.
NEWS
By From staff reports | July 30, 2000
In Baltimore City Authorities seeking 2 escaped inmates Authorities were searching yesterday for two inmates who escaped from custody in Baltimore. Lonnie Hill, 31, did not return from his work-release assignment, said Dave Towers, a corrections spokesman. Hill, of Tallow Court in Woodlawn, began serving a 15-year sentence in 1992 for armed robbery, handgun violations and theft. He was scheduled to be released next month, Towers said. Michael James, 28, of the 2600 block of Edgewood Ave. climbed a fence at the Baltimore Pre-Release Unit, where Hill also was being held, Towers said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 22, 1999
A state prisoner, who was seven months away from release, is accused of missing his work assignment yesterday morning, prison officials said.Keith Luck, 23, who was serving an eight-year sentence for drug convictions, was declared an escapee after he failed to appear for work at a Pikesville restaurant, said David Towers, a spokesman for the Maryland Division of Correction. Luck, who had been serving his time at the Baltimore Pre-Release Unit, will be charged with escape, Towers said. If convicted, he could face an additional 10 years.
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By RAFAEL ALVAREZ and RAFAEL ALVAREZ,SUN STAFF | February 10, 1999
Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson -- sentenced last week to a year in a Montgomery County jail for assaulting two motorists after a minor traffic accident last August -- may be able to fight on a work-release program by late spring. Tyson, 32, entered an early prison release screening program yesterday that could get him out of jail and back in training within four months, said a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. "Everyone who is sentenced to serve [local]
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 2, 1998
An inmate serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery escaped yesterday from the Maryland Correctional Pre-Release System in East Baltimore, corrections officials reported.Kevin Spencer, 33, of Baltimore, escaped about 11: 25 a.m. by jumping a fence, said corrections spokeswoman Maxine Eldridge.Spencer had served 12 years of the 15-year sentence and was within two years of being released. If caught, he could be charged with escape and be sentenced to an additional 10 years, Eldridge said.
NEWS
October 16, 1996
COMMON SENSE has provided a small solution to the problem of Carroll County's overcrowded jail. It's not close to a cure-all but should provide some breathing room as the facility prepares for its peak inmate population in winter, when some minor offenders prefer the public accommodations at the detention center.Inmates charged with minor, non-violent crimes may be released from the county jail while awaiting trial, if they pass initial background checks made by the sheriff's office.Bail review hearings by judges will still be available, but this program should help clear up badly needed space at the Westminster jail for numbers of persons charged with misdemeanors.
NEWS
November 18, 1990
Two men who escaped from the Eastern Pre-Release Unit in Queen Anne's County in June were arrested yesterday morning by state police in North East.John Lewis Williams, 30, and John Edward Perry, 29, were picked up from a house after a source told police where they were. The two men were taken to the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, where they will face escape charges, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Sergeant Shipley said Williams had been in prison since 1984, serving 15 years for second-degree rape and robbery.
NEWS
September 30, 1994
A VOICE from behind bars is the MCI-H Weekly News, written and published by inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown. Its July 23 issue raises a question that surely goes against the lock-'em-up-and-throw-away-the-key passions of a crime-obsessed society.The question is whether convicts with so-called life sentences that actually allow parole after a set number of years of incarceration should be permitted outside prison to work in the Maryland Correctional Pre-Release System.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1995
Police are looking for a convicted murderer who walked away from the Jessup Pre-release Facility while on a cleanup detail with other inmates Wednesday, state police said.George Thomas Jr., 38, was last seen at 9:30 a.m., according to Maxine Eldridge, a state Division of Correction spokeswoman.He walked away from the jail between then and 10:30 a.m., when corrections officials called state police at the Glen Burnie barracks, officials said.Troopers searched for three hours with three helicopters and a bloodhound, which tracked Thomas to a nearby truck stop.
NEWS
September 30, 1994
A VOICE from behind bars is the MCI-H Weekly News, written and published by inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown. Its July 23 issue raises a question that surely goes against the lock-'em-up-and-throw-away-the-key passions of a crime-obsessed society.The question is whether convicts with so-called life sentences that actually allow parole after a set number of years of incarceration should be permitted outside prison to work in the Maryland Correctional Pre-Release System.
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