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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
A 20-year-old Baltimore man serving an 18-month prison sentence on drug distribution and gun convictions at a correctional facility in Cumberland was severely beaten there Monday and is now close to death, according to his family and state corrections officials. Jerod Pridget of East Baltimore was found unresponsive and with "severe head trauma" in his cell at the Western Correctional Institution just before noon Monday and was rushed to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, officials said.
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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 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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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 Gus G. Sentementes and Ruma Kumar and Gus G. Sentementes and Ruma Kumar,Sun reporter | March 3, 2007
An inmate wounded a correctional officer with a homemade knife yesterday inside the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, and Gov. Martin O'Malley and prison officials responded by vowing to move swiftly to improve staffing and security within the troubled system. The officer was attempting to put an inmate back in his cell when the man turned and stabbed him seven times in the upper body, prison officials said. The 28-year-old officer had been on the job since November; the 38-year-old inmate, whose name was withheld, is serving a life sentence for murder, officials said.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2001
Vouthynor "Billy" Sovann, 21, will soon be taking online courses in math, English and sociology from a consortium of Maryland colleges. He'll submit his assignments by computer, e-mail his professors and complete his homework with information found on the World Wide Web. But Sovann isn't a typical telecommuting student. The computer he'll be working on is behind the walls and barbed wire of the Patuxent Institution, one of Maryland's maximum-security prisons. Sovann is a convicted murderer serving a life sentence.
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By Tom Keyser and Thomas W. Waldron and Tom Keyser and Thomas W. Waldron,Evening Sun Staff | July 18, 1991
Although relieved that a tense, 23-hour hostage crisis at th Maryland Penitentiary ended without bloodshed, Bishop L. Robinson, state public safety secretary, says future crises are unavoidable as long as the inmate population continues to grow.The crisis, which ended at 8 o'clock last night with the peaceful release of the final hostage, was actually the result of a botched ++ escape attempt, prison officials said.But once the inmates of C Dormitory in the ancient Baltimore prison took two guards hostage and held them at gunpoint, the main inmate grievance expressed over and over was intolerable, potentially explosive, overcrowding.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Evening Sun Staff | May 24, 1991
A recent study by researchers affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Maryland Division of Correction found that every year, nearly one-half of 1 percent of all inmates in the state prison system become infected with the AIDS virus while they are incarcerated.Given the size of the current population, that means about 90 inmates will be infected while incarcerated this year.While no one knows for sure, medical experts estimate that as many as 10 percent of the state's total of about 18,300 inmates are already infected with the AIDS virus.
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