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More than 800 RCI inmates still locked down

January 04, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN ? More than 800 inmates at Roxbury Correctional Institution were still locked down Friday after simultaneous fights in three housing units Sunday, a prison spokeswoman said.

The lockdown was in the three housing units affected by the fights, prison spokeswoman Danielle Wilmsen said. The prison, which is south of Hagerstown, should return to normal operations by Monday, she said.

A man who answered the phone at the prison Friday night said there initially was a complete lockdown, but that had been changed to a modified lockdown, allowing partial movement.

One inmate was taken to Washington County Hospital for stitches Sunday, but he has returned to RCI, Wilmsen said.

No staff members were injured during the fights.

Several inmates were treated at the prison's infirmary, said Larry Kump, president of the Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA) Public Safety Non-Custody Employees Chapter.

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Prison officials said Wednesday that RCI would resume normal operations Thursday.

On Wednesday, Kump characterized the fights as "gang on gang."

When a prison is locked down, nonessential services like programs and recreation are restricted to reduce large inmate movements, and inmates are fed in their cells but may still receive medical attention, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokeswoman Rosa Cruz said Wednesday night.

While the institution was locked down, prison officials were investigating what caused the fights, Wilmsen said Friday.

? Staff writer Andrew Schotz contributed to this story

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