Former RCI inmate transferred after refusing insulin

June 16, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A former Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate who was in court earlier this month after he refused to take his insulin has been transferred to the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup.

The case of Leroy Melvin Griffin was taken to Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III June 3. Boone granted a temporary restraining order that allowed treatment to proceed.

Griffin, a diabetic, stopped taking his twice-daily insulin on May 31, according to Dr. Mohammed Moubarek, associate medical director of Correctional Medical Services in Hagerstown.

The next day, Griffin attempted to hang himself in his RCI cell, prompting Commissioner of Correction Richard Lanham to seek court intervention, court records said.


After Boone's decision to allow the medical treatment, a petition was filed by Griffin's attorney to remove the case to federal court.

On June 8 in Baltimore, U.S. District Judge Frederic Smalkin refused to intervene.

In the meantime, Griffin agreed to resume his insulin treatments, according to Joseph Tetrault, an attorney for the Prisoners Rights Information System.

Contacted Monday, Karl Pothier, an assistant Maryland Attorney General, was unable to say whether Griffin was still taking his medication.

No similar court actions have been filed in connection with Griffin after he was moved to Jessup, according to Pothier.

Sentenced to 12 years in prison in 1997 for a Prince George's County kidnapping, Griffin has a mandatory release date of 2007, according to Maryland Division of Correction.

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