Tag Archives: Prison

Study finds low recidivism, potential savings to releasing older prisoners

Deputy Public Defender Becky Feldman. (The Daily Record/Maxmilian Franz)

Though Maryland’s prison population is down and legislative changes have reduced sentences for a number of nonviolent offenses, the reform discussion has not addressed a significant portion of the prison population: violent offenders who have served decades of their life ...

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Prison officials oppose limits on restrictive housing

A bill that would limit the use of restrictive housing of Maryland inmates met resistance Tuesday from state prison officials, who said they have proposed changes to the inmate disciplinary process and are doubling their mental health staff. (Thinkstock)

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 ...

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Judge dismisses part of wrongful death suit stemming from prison heart attack

A federal judge has dismissed an Eighth Amendment complaint brought against employees of a Western Maryland prison accused of failing to provide adequate accommodations for an inmate’s medical issues which allegedly led to his fatal heart attack. U.S. District Judge ...

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With new rules on kissing, touching, Md. prisons see less contraband

TOWSON  — The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has seen a decrease in drug contraband found during inmate visitation periods after the implementation of a policy limiting kissing and touching. The Capital reports that since the policy ...

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Trials set for 3 accused in prison drone smuggling case

This photo shows a Yuneec Typhoon drone and controller Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Jessup, Md. Maryland State Police and prison officials say two men planned to use the drone to smuggle drugs, tobacco and pornography videos into the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland, Md. Police arrested the men with the drone, the materials and a handgun in a vehicle Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)

CUMBERLAND — Trial dates have been set for three men accused of trying to use a small, remote-controlled aircraft to smuggle drugs, tobacco and pornography into a maximum-security state prison in western Maryland. Twenty-five-year-old Thaddeus Shortz of Knoxville and 43-year-old ...

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