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Inmates moved to local prisons

March 28, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - About 200 inmates arrived at the three correctional institutions south of Hagerstown after the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup closed, according to the warden at Roxbury Correctional Institution.

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the closing March 19.

Not all of the inmates moved to Hagerstown were housed at Jessup. Inmates were redistributed throughout Maryland's correctional institutions based on inmates and institution security classifications, said Roderick Sowers, warden at RCI.

Many of the inmates transferred to Hagerstown were housed at Cumberland facilities and were moved to make room for maximum-security inmates at North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Sowers said.

"None of the maximum-security inmates from Jessup landed here in Hagerstown," he said.

After the transition, 35 to 50 inmates were transferred to Roxbury, Sowers said.

The inmates moved to Hagerstown facilities filled vacant beds.

"It didn't cause us to create any unconventional housing," Sowers said.

Roxbury's capacity is 1,755. On Tuesday, 1,750 inmates were listed at the institution.

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Sowers said he doesn't foresee the increased numbers jeopardizing security or safety.

Closing the Maryland House of Correction was a "bold move," Sowers said. "It's something that needed to be done. There were several lingering problems."

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