Hundreds of DPSCS and former House of Correction employees toured the Maryland House of Correction one last time

07/14/2012
Fox 45 Baltimore online

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Hundreds of DPSCS and former House of Correction employees toured the Maryland House of Correction one last time before it is scheduled to be torn down.

The 129-year old Maryland House of Correction, nicknamed "The Cut" or "The House", was a state maximum security prison as the second prison established by the State of Maryland. Governor O'Malley and Secretary Maynard closed the House with swift and remarkable stealth in March 2007, moving 845 inmates from there, and transferring hundreds more from other facilities in and out of state in a matter of days.

Today was the last time many of these DPSCS employees---many of whom worked at the House--- get the chance to see the place before it is torn down.

According to the Director of Public informion for DPSCS, the plan is to use inmate labor to deconstruct the building and teach trades, like asbestos abatement, to scores of inmates. The laboring of inmates is expected to save up to several million dollars, compared to demolition. This plan will also allow to salvage perhaps hundreds of thousands in usable materials. About $80,000 worth of materials has already been taken out and will be used in other facilities.

The Maryland House of Correction had a long history of harsh living conditions for inmates and dangerous conditions for Correctional Officers.In July, 2006, a Maryland correctional officer, David Warren McGuinn, was killed in the House of Corrections. This was the second such death of a correctional officer in Maryland that year. The first was Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten, who worked at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown.