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March 14, 2007
Despite some progress, Maryland's mandatory minimum sentences are still too harsh, particularly on African-American defendants, and they don't allow enough low-level drug offenders to get treatment, which would be more helpful to them and to the public, according to a recent policy study. Legislation pending in the General Assembly would help address these concerns and deserves to be passed. Like many states, Maryland has relied on firm, fixed punishments as an effective way to fight crime.
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By Clarence Page | March 1, 2001
WASHINGTON -- Here's a not-so-trivial trivia question for you: Under which president did the most Americans go to prison for serious crimes: Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton or the first George Bush? Here's a hint: He likes to give out lots of pardons. Yes, a study released last week by the Washington-based Justice Policy Institute (JPI) found that Bill "You Beg My Pardon" Clinton wins this dubious distinction. Some 673,000 inmates were added to state and federal prisons and jails under Mr. Clinton's two terms, the institute found, compared to 343,000 during Mr. Bush's term and 448,000 during Mr. Reagan's two terms.
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By Russell Baker | May 28, 1991
MAYBE the most exciting play on Broadway just now is about a nation obsessed with locking people up and throwing away the key. It opens with a lashing: 50 strokes across a bare back. At first we seem to be in one of the deeper pits of hell, and metaphorically speaking, that is indeed the setting for the entire play, "Our Country's Good."The country of this bitterly ironic title is not modern America, but the England that has just lost its American colonies and, with them, a conveniently remote continent to provide a cheap solution to its prison problem.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2004
With a public apology from the governor, the state agreed yesterday to pay Michael Austin $1.4 million for the 27 years he spent in prison for a murder he did not commit. Along with the payments, which will be spread out over 10 years, the Board of Public Works approved money for Austin to seek financial counseling. The award was the largest the state has ever made to an exonerated prisoner. "This board has been asked under the state finance and procurement act to value days, to value time spent behind bars for no reason, for inappropriate reasons, for unlawful reasons," Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. told Austin.
NEWS
July 23, 1991
Following are excerpts from the journal of H.B. Johnson, a prisoner at the Maryland State Penitentiary in Baltimore.JULY 16, 10 p.m.I am at the typewriter, hammering out a play, when the door suddenly opens. My cellmate, "Ugg," steps in, and a guard slams the door behind him. Ugg gets right to the point:"They lockin' everybody down, Mr. Skinny.""Do you know why?" I ask."No, sir," he replies. "They didn't say anything. They just ordered everybody to lock in.""They never say anything," I say. "Somebody probably got in a fight with the guards or, better yet, somebody made it out of here."
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Evening Sun Staff | April 10, 1991
Against all odds, Sharon Gross, inmate No. 906-697, found joy in the birth of her son Hakeem.Gross, a 30-year-old Baltimore woman serving four years for cocaine possession, struggled through 19 hours of labor in shackles and handcuffs. The restraints came off only when she was ready to deliver.No friend or relative was allowed in the hospital to hold her hand and there were no little gifts for Gross after her ordeal -- prison rules prevented her from bringing anything back to jail.Finally, only 36 hours after giving birth, Gross went home -- to the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 23, 2003
A 26-year-old inmate at the Maryland House of Correction was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center late Tuesday after a stabbing in a fight that injured his chest and neck, prison officials said. The fight at 8:45 p.m. in a prison dormitory caused a partial lockdown of the maximum-security prison, said Capt. Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the Division of Correction. The man, whose name was not released pending notification of family, is serving a 14-year sentence, Doggett said.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,Sun Staff Writer | December 16, 1994
A psychologist at the Maryland House of Correction Annex was sexually assaulted yesterday in her office, allegedly by a convicted rapist on a cleaning detail.The woman, 44, was working in her office of the maximum-security Jessup prison about 3 p.m. when the inmate entered her office, said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., a spokesman for the state prison system."He sat on a chair next to her desk. A conversation ensued. She got up to leave and that's when the attack occurred," Mr. Sipes said last night.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer | October 5, 1994
Neighbors of the Patuxent Institution in Jessup say they are relieved by changes made at the maximum-security prison after an inmate's escape two months ago.But many residents -- as well as Del. Virginia M. Thomas, who toured the institution Monday -- say they hope more can be done to increase security at the prison.Among the changes made by prison officials are installing a $52,000 razor wire fence and clarifying the use of sirens to alert residents to future escapes, according to Leonard A. Sipes Jr., spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 30, 1991
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- For the first time in nine days, the 148detainees, hostages and inmates at the Talladega federal prison ate a full meal yesterday morning, and doctors examined all nine remaining hostages and several detainees.Warden Roger Scott said that each person inside the prison's maximum security Alpha dorm had hamburger, rice, beans, bread and coffee.He said the Cuban detainees had not asked for food until yesterday. After the meal, prison doctors treated at least one detainee suffering from diabetes and the nine hostages.
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