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November 25, 1992
With all the problems facing the state's prisons, including the Maryland Correctional Institution at Jessup, state officials should have more important things to worry about than whether a Methodist inmate sits in on Catholic services behind bars. Yet that has not stopped them from enforcing a restrictive new set of religious rules that are as senseless as they are complicated.The rules supposedly stem from a 1970s lawsuit in which Black Muslims sought equal religious treatment in Maryland prisons.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN REPORTER | October 31, 2006
A 36-year-old Salisbury woman who was serving a five-year sentence for assault was found dead, apparently by suicide, Sunday at the state's prison for women in Jessup, prison officials said yesterday. The woman, whose identity was not released, tied a sheet around her neck and hanged herself from a vent in her cell, said George Gregory, a prison system spokesman. Correctional officers making their rounds discovered the woman hanging in the cell just before 2 p.m., Gregory said. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful, he said.
NEWS
July 28, 2006
When three inmates at the state's maximum-security House of Correction manage to foil a prison lockdown to murder a correctional officer, the Jessup prison has gone beyond troubled. It's in full crisis. Officer David McGuinn was killed hours after state prison officials announced the appointment of a new warden at "The Cut," the prison's nickname. But changing a warden won't secure this prison. It's understaffed and ill-suited to an increasingly violent population; without a major state commitment, the warden won't be able to reform the prison culture there.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2010
A man who admitted that he tried to rape a high school student when she passed his Odenton backyard on her way to the school bus was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison. The victim softly wept as Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul A. Hackner ordered a prison term above state guidelines for Jameson Bryan Knott, 20, whom he described as having "significant, longstanding mental health problems. " "The sentence is appropriate," Assistant State's Attorney Sandra F. Howell said afterward.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN REPORTER | September 28, 2006
A transgendered convicted thief who was released from prison last year to die of AIDS at home rather than in a prison hospital was charged yesterday with attempting to falsify a death certificate to avoid being prosecuted on new identity theft charges. Dee Deirdre Farmer, 41, who also goes by the names of Douglas C. Farmer and Larry Gilbert Prescott, was accused of forging a Baltimore Circuit Court order to change the death certificate of a man named Charles Smith to reflect that Farmer was the person who had died.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2010
It is of unending confusion — and frustration for victims — that people convicted of crimes and sentenced to prison rarely serve the sentences the judges dole out. Convicts are required by Maryland law to serve at least half their sentence for violent crimes and a quarter of their sentence for nonviolent crimes. Corrections officials say that most inmates locked up for violent offenses serve 70 percent to 80 percent of the sentences given by judges. In addition to parole and probation, inmates accumulate what are called "diminution credits" — in layman's terms, "good conduct" credits — that help them to freedom.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | October 9, 1998
In an unusual mea culpa, the state's highest court said yesterday that it did not mean for Maryland prison officials to recalculate the sentences of nearly 2,000 inmates, prompting the rearrest last spring of 53 freed prisoners.The admission came in a Court of Appeals opinion -- issued after a 4-3 vote by the judges -- that a former inmate should not have been rearrested."We inadvertently led the Division [of Corrections] to a conclusion that was both unintended and erroneous," according the opinion written by Judge Alan M. Wilner.
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By Peter Hermann | peter.hermann@baltsun.com | February 28, 2010
Raymond Taylor seemed to enjoy writing letters from his prison cell at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland in the far western reaches of Maryland. He argued that the judge made a mistake when sentencing him to three consecutive life terms in prison for shooting his ex-girlfriend and her two teen-age daughters in August 2004. He wanted his sentence reconsidered but abruptly changed his mind and asked that a hearing be delayed so he had more time to prove himself.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2001
About half the striking inmates at the Maryland House of Correction left their cells for breakfast yesterday morning - a sign that the protest of a new smoking ban and other prison conditions might be nearing an end, prison officials said. Inmates at the maximum-security lockup in Jessup have refused to leave their cells and go to jobs at prison factories since Monday - a work stoppage that authorities estimate has cost the state $50,000 a day in lost production. But signs that tensions were easing in the fourth day of the strike were visible yesterday, officials said.
NEWS
September 27, 2002
AFTER MOUNT VERNON residents vehemently opposed locating Tamar's Children, a program for pregnant inmates, in their neighborhood, Maryland's top prison official vowed to keep searching for a site for the innovative project. But a month later -- and now 18 months after advocates got the go-ahead for the project -- the program still hasn't opened. What a shame that such a good idea, backed by nearly everyone involved, can't overcome bureaucratic snags and delays to become a reality. In the last month, prison officials say, they offered project coordinators space at the Walter P. Carter Center, a state mental health facility in the city.
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