WASHINGTON COUNTY - Eight Roxbury Correctional Institution correctional officers who face allegations of excessive force have been placed on administrative leave, pending a recommendation for termination by the Division of Correction, a prison spokesman said Friday afternoon in a press release.
Another correctional officer has been suspended without pay, Mark Vernarelli said in the release.
The nine officers are being investigated by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services' Internal Investigative Unit and the Maryland State Police.
The names of the officers involved were not released because it is a personnel matter, Vernarelli said. The officers may appeal any disciplinary action.
The excessive force allegations stem from an incident involving at least one inmate at the medium-security facility that houses about 1,750 inmates. Vernarelli said he believed the incident occurred March 8.