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Inmate assaulted at MCI

November 11, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

An inmate from the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown was taken to Washington County Hospital Saturday morning after he was assaulted.

Saturday morning's assault probably was retaliation for a fight between two groups Thursday night at the medium-security institution, Mark Vernarelli, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Monday.

Vernarelli described the inmate's injuries as "serious."

Correctional officers got Thursday's situation under control rather quickly, and one inmate was taken to the prison's infirmary after that incident, Vernarelli said.

Gang-related activity is dealt with swiftly and severely, and several inmates had been transferred out of MCI to higher-security institutions by Monday, Vernarelli said.

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The prison was on partial lockdown on Monday, with inmates' activities limited.

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