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Inmates injured in prison fights

June 11, 2007

SHARPSBURG - Three Maryland Correctional Institution inmates were treated at Washington County Hospital and released after being injured in two fights Saturday at the prison south of Hagerstown, according to a prison spokesman.

George Gregory, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Sunday that the prison could be locked down through today as corrections officers complete a cell-by-cell sweep.

Gregory said officers found six homemade weapons after they broke up a fight in a yard that injured two inmates at about 1 p.m. About one hour later, Gregory said, one inmate was injured in a fight in another yard.

Gregory said prison staff still were investigating who was involved in the fights and what led to them.

During lockdowns, Gregory said inmates eat in their cells, and no movement is permitted through the prison. The inmates responsible for the fights could face assault charges and discipline within the prison, he said.

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