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Division of Correction: Kenneth Davis safe at undisclosed location

October 09, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Despite confusion regarding the transportation of an inmate who was scheduled to testify at a trial against former correctional officers this week, Maryland Division of Correction officials on Friday said they are sure Kenneth Davis is safe at an undisclosed location.

Assistant Maryland Attorney General Jason Abbott told jurors Monday they would hear from Davis. But on Tuesday, the trial recessed early because the state's final witness, former Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate Kenneth Davis, was not transported to Hagerstown.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long told jurors Tuesday afternoon that Davis would be the state's next witness.

By the time court reconvened at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Davis still had not been brought to Hagerstown from Connecticut, where he is incarcerated.

Davis was to be flown to Maryland to testify, Abbott told Long, but the weather in Connecticut was severe and aviation command would not clear state police for takeoff from Maryland, Abbott said in court.

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Abbott explained that Davis feared for his safety and could not be housed in local facilities.

The judge denied a continuance to give the state time to bring Davis to Hagerstown.

The jury found the three former correctional officers not guilty on Wednesday afternoon.

The Office of the Attorney General would not comment beyond what Abbott said in court, a spokeswoman said Friday.

In situations involving security or protective custody, Maryland makes use of partnerships with other states through the Interstate Corrections Compact, prisons spokeswoman Danielle Lueking said Friday.

As a result of the partnership, Maryland is able to send inmates to 25 other states with which it has active agreements, she said.

Arrangements are usually made as a swap, with Maryland accepting an inmate from the other state, Lueking said. Sometimes one state pays another to house an inmate, she said.

Each situation is dealt with on a case-by-case basis, she said.

The DOC makes such arrangements with federal and local governments, as well. These are not formalized by the Interstate Corrections Compact and are know just as intergovernmental agreements.

Inmates held in other states are either transported back to Maryland before their release or released in the other state, depending on the inmate's home plan, which is designed by a case manager and the inmate, Lueking said. If the inmate is released in the other state, an interstate compact for parole is generated between Maryland and the other state, she said.

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