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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | October 17, 2009
Prison officials are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 28-year-old man Wednesday night at the Baltimore City Detention Center. Kennard Pratt was stabbed several times while leaving a shower to return to his cell about 7 p.m., authorities said. Detention center and medical staff performed CPR and took him to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead. Pratt had been jailed since February, awaiting trial on murder charges. Officials said no motive or suspect had been identified.
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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 Stephen Henderson and Stephen Henderson,SUN STAFF | May 3, 1998
City and state police recaptured yesterday 30 of the 85 former inmates on supervised release who are being called back to prison because of a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling, state prison officials said.Eighteen of the 30 were arrested in Baltimore, according to state prison officials, but Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes of the Baltimore City Police Department could confirm only that six had been apprehended by city officers. Twelve others were found by state police in nine areas, including Glen Burnie, Annapolis and Laurel.
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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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By James Bock | May 26, 1991
A second prison dentist who treated inmates at the Maryland Penitentiary died of AIDS, the dentist's brother confirmed yesterday.Dr. H. Dale Scott, who filled in as prison dentist for 14 days in 1989, died Oct. 12 of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, said his brother, Edward E. Scott of New Braunfels, Texas. He was 49.Dr. Scott substituted in May and June 1989 for the chief prison dentist, Dr. Victor J. Luckritz, who died of AIDS May 7 at the age of 47. Dr. Luckritz treated inmates at the prison from June 1988 to April 1990.
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By Stephen Power and Stephen Power,Dallas Morning News | December 18, 1994
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- On the surface, Texas' first tobacco-free prison looks just the way state officials said it would.The day rooms are free of cigarette butts, the floors don't have tobacco juice stains, and the cells smell more like hospital rooms.But after 10 months, the $30 million, 2,000-bed Holliday Unit has one problem, guards and inmates say. Tobacco is still getting in.It comes in all shapes and every manner of disguise -- in hidden pockets that inmates sew to their uniforms before being transferred to Holliday, in oil cans brought by work crews from prisons where tobacco is allowed and, occasionally, by guards looking to make extra money.
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By Michael Dresser and Del Quentin Wilber and Michael Dresser and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 16, 1999
Prison officials pointed their fingers at Bell Atlantic yesterday for the failure of four alarms to sound an alert to nearby communities when two inmates escaped last month from Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup.Richard Rosenblatt, director of neighboring Patuxent Institution, told legislators that a phone company employee diverted wires from the Jessup complex to the remote alarms while doing maintenance work. He said company representatives had repeatedly assured state officials that such a failure would not occur.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1999
With state legislators seeking explanations for the escape of two inmates from a Jessup prison two weeks ago, top prison officials said yesterday that they are transferring the warden and have fired a corrections officer.Prison officials said they have suspended three guards for mistakes made after the escape May 18 from the Maryland Correctional Institution and are investigating allegations of negligence by as many as five others."We're going to make sure this doesn't happen again," said William W. Sondervan, the commissioner of the Division of Corrections.
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By Julie Bykowicz | julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | February 10, 2010
Some Maryland lawmakers want to require the state prison system to notify federal authorities when an inmate may be in the country unlawfully - potentially resurrecting last year's debate about how the state is responding to an influx of illegal immigrants. The proposal, backed by a group of powerful Democratic senators that includes Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, came before a committee Tuesday. Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. of Anne Arundel County said the measure could save the state millions by shifting incarceration costs away from the state by deporting more illegal immigrants.
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