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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2004
Claiming that new evidence has surfaced, state attorneys representing two Western Maryland prison officers requested a new trial after a federal jury awarded an inmate $45,001 in damages last month on an allegation that officers had assaulted him. In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore this week, Assistant Attorney General David P. Kennedy said another inmate at the Western Correctional Institution reported to prison investigators that...
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
The percentage of Maryland ex-offenders likely to return to prison within three years of release has fallen by double digits since 2000, state prison officials reported Monday. Secretary Gary D. Maynard, the top official at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, credited the prison system's improved educational and job skills training programs, as well as stronger partnerships with state agencies that provide medical and mental health services to inmates and upon their release.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts says that the Black Guerrilla Family gang is spurring much of the recent violence in the city as it tries to expand its reach.  Batts, who recently took over as commissioner after working 30 years on the West Coast, asked his commanders to draw up "conflict diagrams" so he could better understand the web of connections driving crime in Baltimore.  He said those diagrams showed that the Black Guerrilla...
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By Yvonne Wenger and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
An inmate at the Western Correctional Institution died after being found unconscious in his cell late Friday, and a second prisoner is being blamed for his death in the latest episode of violence within Maryland's prison system, state police said Saturday. Jason T. Wallace, 29, was found lying on the floor of his cell in the Cumberland prison about 9:30 p.m. during the inmates' recreation period, according to a preliminary investigation. Prison officers administered medical aid but were unable to revive him. Police said the cause of death wasn't immediately known.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
Nine current and former guards at a state prison in Hagerstown were charged Wednesday in a federal indictment that alleges they conspired to assault an inmate and covered up the incident. The U.S. Department of Justice indictment refers to two separate beatings of an inmate, identified only as "K.D.," in the same weekend in March 2008. K.D. was beaten so badly that he had to be taken to a hospital, the indictment says. None of the current and former prison officers was actually charged with assault.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
An inmate at the Western Correctional Institution died after being found unconscious in his cell late Friday, and a second prisoner is being blamed for his death in the latest episode of violence within Maryland's prison system, state police said Saturday. Jason T. Wallace, 29, was found lying on the floor of his cell in the Cumberland prison about 9:30 p.m. during the inmates' recreation period, according to a preliminary investigation. Prison officers administered medical aid but were unable to revive him. Police said the cause of death wasn't immediately known.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
The percentage of Maryland ex-offenders likely to return to prison within three years of release has fallen by double digits since 2000, state prison officials reported Monday. Secretary Gary D. Maynard, the top official at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, credited the prison system's improved educational and job skills training programs, as well as stronger partnerships with state agencies that provide medical and mental health services to inmates and upon their release.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | April 17, 2009
The court records read like a scene out of Goodfellas: From their prison cells and with the help of corrections staff, authorities say, members of a violent gang were feasting on salmon and shrimp, sipping Grey Goose vodka and puffing fine cigars - all while directing drug deals, extorting protection money from other inmates and arranging attacks on witnesses and rival gang members. A seven-month investigation that included wiretaps on contraband prison cell phones led to the indictment on drug and weapons charges of 24 people - including four state prison officers - who authorities believe are leaders or associates of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, officials announced Thursday.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,Sun Staff Writer | July 13, 1994
Despite having a disability that keeps him from firing a gun safely, Kim Johnson worked for 14 years at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup. Now the Division of Correction wants him to stay at home, with pay, for that reason.Mr. Johnson and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents 1,700 of the state's 5,000 correctional officers, charge that the division is violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act by phasing out employees like Mr. Johnson.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
Members of an Anne Arundel County jury were certain that Lee Edward Stephens was guilty of murder, but prosecutors could not convince them that the inmate — already serving a life sentence when he killed a correctional officer in 2006 — should be put to death. The jury decided Wednesday that Stephens will get another life sentence, this time without possibility of parole, for fatally stabbing Cpl. David McGuinn as he made his rounds at the now-closed House of Correction in Jessup.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
Nine current and former guards at a state prison in Hagerstown were charged Wednesday in a federal indictment that alleges they conspired to assault an inmate and covered up the incident. The U.S. Department of Justice indictment refers to two separate beatings of an inmate, identified only as "K.D.," in the same weekend in March 2008. K.D. was beaten so badly that he had to be taken to a hospital, the indictment says. None of the current and former prison officers was actually charged with assault.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts says that the Black Guerrilla Family gang is spurring much of the recent violence in the city as it tries to expand its reach.  Batts, who recently took over as commissioner after working 30 years on the West Coast, asked his commanders to draw up "conflict diagrams" so he could better understand the web of connections driving crime in Baltimore.  He said those diagrams showed that the Black Guerrilla...
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
A prisoner facing a death-penalty trial in the 2006 killing of a correctional officer inside the antiquated Maryland House of Correction was found mentally unfit to stand trial Thursday. Lamarr Cornelius "Junebug" Harris, 41, who is already serving more than three life terms for Baltimore murder convictions, looked blankly ahead after Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul A. Hackner handed down his ruling. Harris was one of two prisoners accused of fatally ambushing Cpl. David McGuinn on the catwalk of a prison tier tier in July 2006 - part of the violence that led state officials to close the prison.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
Members of an Anne Arundel County jury were certain that Lee Edward Stephens was guilty of murder, but prosecutors could not convince them that the inmate — already serving a life sentence when he killed a correctional officer in 2006 — should be put to death. The jury decided Wednesday that Stephens will get another life sentence, this time without possibility of parole, for fatally stabbing Cpl. David McGuinn as he made his rounds at the now-closed House of Correction in Jessup.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | April 17, 2009
The court records read like a scene out of Goodfellas: From their prison cells and with the help of corrections staff, authorities say, members of a violent gang were feasting on salmon and shrimp, sipping Grey Goose vodka and puffing fine cigars - all while directing drug deals, extorting protection money from other inmates and arranging attacks on witnesses and rival gang members. A seven-month investigation that included wiretaps on contraband prison cell phones led to the indictment on drug and weapons charges of 24 people - including four state prison officers - who authorities believe are leaders or associates of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, officials announced Thursday.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter | March 28, 2008
State prison officials said yesterday they have launched a criminal investigation into allegations that eight correctional officers assaulted several inmates at a maximum-security prison - the second case of possible abuse to emerge at a Western Maryland prison this month. The officers from the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland have been placed on administrative leave and face possible termination, prison officials said yesterday. The Maryland State Police are leading a criminal inquiry into the case, prison authorities said.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | October 23, 2004
In a rare public rebuke, a federal jury in Baltimore found yesterday that two Western Maryland correctional officers violated an inmate's constitutional rights by assaulting him and slamming his head against the wall while he was handcuffed two years ago, and awarded him $45,001. The eight jurors gave the inmate, Norman R. Willis, 37, one dollar in compensatory damages and the rest in punitive damages for the federal civil rights lawsuit he brought against officers at Western Correctional Institution in Cresaptown in Allegany County.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | October 20, 2004
Attorneys bluntly questioned eight correctional officers at the center of abuse complaints in federal court yesterday, and each officer denied the claims, including one alleged encounter where officers leaned him over a railing and squeezed him between a door and the wall. "The incident did not occur," said Lt. Tom Riggleman, when asked by his lawyer, Assistant Attorney General David P. Kennedy, about the alleged incident on Oct. 3, 2002. He said if it had occurred, it would have been his duty to file a report.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter | November 7, 2006
Baltimore police said yesterday they arrested a state correctional officer and were seeking two other men in connection with the abduction and robbery of a South Baltimore man who told authorities the trio had impersonated city police officers. Col. Fred H. Bealefeld III, chief of detectives, said a 19-year-old man and two others were stopped and searched by the men in the city's Westport neighborhood Friday evening. Displaying silver badges, police said, the men handcuffed and forced the teenager into a silver 2001 Hyundai, drove near M&T Bank Stadium and stole $700 from him. The other two men were set free.
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