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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 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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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | October 6, 2005
The teenager who has been at a pretrial detention center for almost a year in spite of a felony conviction and five-year sentence has been transferred to the state's prison system. Moshe Khaver was being held yesterday at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore, where he will be assessed before moving to a prison to serve out the rest of his term. Khaver, 19, pleaded guilty last fall to first-degree assault. He admitted running over another teen, who spent five weeks in a coma and suffered permanent injuries, during a dispute about $20 in marijuana.
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By Greg Garland and Gus G. Sentementes and Greg Garland and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2004
State prison officials assured a legislative panel yesterday that they have made significant changes to "use of force" policies - including restrictions on the use of pepper spray - since the death of a prison inmate in Western Maryland on April 30. But the officials refused to answer any specific questions about their handling of Ifeanyi A. Iko's death or to show legislators videotapes of Iko's forcible removal from his cell at Western Correctional Institution...
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By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | July 24, 2001
Hundreds of inmates at the Maryland House of Correction Annex in Jessup went on strike early yesterday - refusing to leave their cells to eat or work - giving prison officials little indication why. Prison officials suspect the inmates, who refused to talk to the correctional officers, are protesting the statewide ban on cigarette smoking that went into effect July 2 at Maryland's 25 state prisons. "The inmates are not saying anything about what their grievances are," David B. Bowers, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said yesterday evening.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | September 23, 2009
A Baltimore man convicted of killing two men was sentenced this week to two terms of life plus 170 years in prison by a judge who questioned why he was allowed to stay in this country after previous convictions. Bagada Dionas, 23, and his father legally immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s as refugees from Liberia, Baltimore prosecutor Rita Wisthoff-Ito said in court Monday. But in his teen years, the younger Dionas amassed a juvenile record that included armed robberies, drug dealing and car theft, according to court records.
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By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | July 24, 2001
Hundreds of inmates at the Maryland House of Correction Annex in Jessup went on strike early yesterday - refusing to leave their cells to eat or work - giving prison officials little indication why. Prison officials suspect the inmates, who refused to talk to the correctional officers, are protesting the statewide ban on cigarette smoking that went into effect July 2 at Maryland's 25 state prisons. "The inmates are not saying anything about what their grievances are," David B. Bowers, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said yesterday evening.
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June 19, 2000
MARYLAND PRISON officials want to get rid of Jermaine Bishop -- for good. Bishop is approaching the end of an eight-month stint in prison for a drug conviction. Cross your fingers. His outcome could show whether a year-old program to reduce recidivism is working. The 24-year-old, like many other convicts, will soon be back on the street facing the inevitable fork in the road. He could get a job, get his high school diploma and never look back toward the drab prison complex in Baltimore where he is confined.
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November 17, 1997
THREE TIMES IN 12 DAYS, inmates were freed from the state prison system when they should have remained locked up. That such a mistake could occur once is enough to shake public confidence in the government's ability to protect citizens. But three times in less than a month suggests the need for more something more than the temporary suspension of the prison officials responsible for releasing the inmates prematurely.In the latest incident, a telephone call from a scared witness let police know murder suspect Larry George "High Top" Owens was on the street when he should have been in a cell awaiting trial.
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