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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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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,sun reporter | June 5, 2007
A melee at the Metropolitan Transition Center that sent 18 prison inmates to area hospitals on Friday with stab wounds involved a dispute between the Bloods gang and Sunni Muslim prisoners, according to corrections sources. Maj. Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the prison system, acknowledged for the first time yesterday that a gang might have been involved in the violence that erupted at the state-run prison in Baltimore. But, noting security concerns, she would not provide more detailed information.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter | April 5, 2008
Nine correctional officers at a medium-security prison in Hagerstown were fired yesterday amid allegations that they assaulted an inmate last month, according to a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The nine officers, who worked at the Roxbury Correctional Institution, plan to appeal the decision, according to the union representing correctional officers in the state of Maryland. "These mass firings are a reckless rush to judgment on the state's part," said Joe Lawrence, spokesman for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
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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 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.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Peter Hermann and Del Quentin Wilber and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | May 22, 1999
In the wake of an embarrassing escape by two felons this week, top prison officials are blaming lax security and said yesterday that negligent corrections officers failed to notice the breach quickly enough and then were tardy in their reaction.Corrections officers were not aware that anything was amiss at the Maryland Correctional Institution until a woman called to say her son had seen two men jump over the fence and flee into nearby woods.A motion detector sounded as the escapees scaled the fence, but the guards monitoring it were slow to respond.
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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 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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