Weekend Assault Results in Outside Medical Attention for Inmate at North Branch Correctional Institution

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TOWSON, MD (June 20, 2011)--- An inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution was transported to Shock Trauma over the weekend after an assault by other inmates required surgery outside the purview of the local medical facility in Cumberland, MD. Three suspects have been identified and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Servicesí (DPSCS) Internal Investigative Unit is currently handling the investigation. No criminal charges have yet been filed.

The assault happened Saturday evening, June 18 in a recreation yard. While his injuries are not considered life-threatening, the inmate was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Sunday, June 19.

The 42-year-old inmate is serving a life sentence for a first-degree murder conviction in 2009 out of Baltimore County.

Three officers were also transported to an outside medical facility for exposure to blood after breaking up the assault.

Overall serious assaults within DPSCS correctional facilities have been on the decline over the past few years with a heightened commitment to gang intelligence and the reduction of contraband within our facilities. During FY10 we saw a 35% drop in serious inmate on inmate assaults (defined as incidents that require more than basic first aid) over just three years ago in FY07. Serious assaults on staff are also down 50% from FY07.