HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's prisons chief says 23 correctional officers fired in a probe of alleged brutality against inmates were terminated justly and for "very compelling" reasons.
Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard responded in a letter to two western Maryland state lawmakers who had asked him to consider reinstating the officers until a criminal investigation into the allegations is complete.
Maynard told Republican Sen. George Edwards of Garrett County and Democratic Del. Kevin Kelly of Allegany County that the officers received due process under a law requiring the agency to take any disciplinary action within 30 days after learning of alleged misconduct.
Maryland State Police are leading a separate criminal investigation into the allegations that officers used excessive force against a number of inmates at North Branch Correctional Institution near Cumberland and Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown.