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Feb 3, 2020

Federal jury awards $700K to man in prison assault civil case

A federal jury awarded $700,000 Monday to a man assaulted by prison guards in 2013, finding the three guards as well as two supervisors liable for the attack. Kevin Younger was assaulted by several officers at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center (MRDCC) in Baltimore the day after he witnessed other inmates assaulting an […]

Feb 3, 2020

Maryland corrections head discusses prison staffing concerns

Maryland's corrections chief told lawmakers Friday that his department has made strides in addressing concerns about staffing and overtime costs in state prisons.

Jun 5, 2019

Maryland settles federal lawsuit by blind inmates for $1.4M

The state of Maryland has settled for $1.4 million a federal lawsuit filed by blind current and former inmates alleging discrimination.

Nov 14, 2018

Man arrested in Maryland found dead in booking center cell

A Maryland man arrested on a trespassing charge has been found dead in his holding cell.

Sep 5, 2018

Police investigate Maryland inmate’s slaying in cell

Police are investigating the death of an inmate found unresponsive in his cell at a western Maryland maximum-security prison.

Jul 11, 2018

Judge denies motion to dismiss lawsuit against state for assault by prison guards

A lawsuit alleging supervisory negligence in a 2013 assault by guards in a Baltimore prison can proceed against the state after a judge denied Wednesday a motion to dismiss.

Jun 11, 2018

Md. jails rescind controversial prison book policy

Maryland prison officials Monday they are rescinding a new policy restricting inmate access to books less than two weeks after the ACLU of Maryland raised objections to the plan.

Feb 13, 2018

Prison officials oppose limits on restrictive housing

ANNAPOLIS — Representatives from Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services hope to reduce reliance on restrictive housing in prison facilities but voiced opposition Tuesday to a bill in the General Assembly that would severely limit its use. Inmates in restrictive housing, referred to as “solitary confinement” by opponents, are physically separated and placed [&h[...]

Jan 3, 2018

Md. man sues over retroactive sex offender registration order

A Maryland man who was required to register as a sex offender for an incident that took place prior to the registration law’s effective date has filed a civil rights suit against the state. Mark Anthony Harding alleges he was required to retroactively register as sex offender, which a 2013 Court of Appeals opinion struck […]

Dec 7, 2017

Advocacy groups seek changes to ‘solitary confinement’ in Md. prisons

Legislation to reduce use of restrictive housing in Maryland prisons is expected to be reintroduced in the 2018 General Assembly session because circumstances have not improved over the years the issue has been tracked, advocates said Thursday. Maryland places individuals in segregation — 22 or more hours in a cell with or without a cellmate […]

Nov 14, 2017

Maryland inmates to cook 275 turkeys for annual feast

TOWSON — Inmates in Maryland will process and cook 275 turkeys for an annual Thanksgiving feast started by an advocate for the homeless. The free feast was started in Baltimore 36 years ago by the late Bea Gaddy, who used her lottery winnings of $250 in 1981 to feed 49 neighbors. The tradition has continued […]

Aug 30, 2017

New technology has some Maryland inmates tossing their shanks

Maryland corrections officials say new technology deployed in prisons around the state will make it tougher for inmates to smuggle in and hide weapons and contraband. The system, called Cellsense, allows corrections officers to detect items through walls or concealed in books, mattresses or inside the human body — including those as small as a sewing […]

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