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MCTC locked down

April 02, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

Maryland Correctional Training Center remained on lockdown Sunday night after an incident in which inmates at a recreational hall refused to return to their cells, said George Gregory, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Gregory said no one was seriously hurt after two incidents at the prison Sunday afternoon. At about 2:15 p.m., an inmate was able to take Mace away from a correctional officer who was trying to break up a fight between the inmate and another prisoner.

The inmate sprayed the Mace, but officers responding to the scene were able to subdue the prisoner, Gregory said.

Immediately after the fight between the two inmates, which happened on one of the housing tiers, Gregory said, inmates in a recreational hall in the same housing unit refused to return to their cells. Gregory said the inmates agreed to return to their cells about two hours later.

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"The officers talked to them, and they complied, and they went back to their cells without incident," Gregory said.

The two other prisons south of Hagerstown were on lockdown while officers from both responded to the incident, Gregory said.

Gregory said the incidents remained under investigation, and he did not know if they were related.

About 200 inmates arrived at the three prisons south of Hagerstown after the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup closed last month, according to RCI Warden Roderick Sowers, The Herald-Mail has reported.

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