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'We're here to do a sentence'

August 05, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

According to William DiBuono, the Maryland Correctional Training Center doesn't have nearly enough correctional officers.

DiBuono might seem like an unlikely person to be calling for more officers. He's an inmate who has been housed at MCTC since November 2006.

DiBuono also has done time at Roxbury Correctional Institution and at prisons in the Jessup area.

Although it's larger, DiBuono said MCTC is better run that the prisons near Jessup.

"Up here, we know what to expect," he said. "If you maintain your attitude, the staff doesn't bother you."

When DiBuono served a 10-year sentence in the 1990s, gangs weren't as prevalent in the prisons as they are these days, he said.

These days, inmates even have to watch what color tennis shoes they wear so they don't inadvertently wear gang colors, he said.

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DiBuono lives in honor housing, and has the privilege of carrying a key to his cell. He is one of the few inmates who doesn't have to live with a cellmate.

DiBuono spends much of his day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., in programs. He's part of MCTC's Gaudenzia Therapeutic Community. Gaudenzia is geared to people affected by chemical dependency, mental illness and related illnesses, according to materials provided by MCTC staff.

He transferred to MCTC from the Jessup area to participate in the program, DiBuono said.

When he graduates from the program, he'll be considered for work release. Eventually, he wants to return to Allegany County, earn his mining certificate and work in a coal mine.

Until then, DiBuono said he lives by a motto.

"They're here to do a job, we're here to do a sentence ... The easier those go, the easier my day is."

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