Jessup Correctional Officer Assaulted, Treated for Non-Life Threatening Injuries

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Towson, MD (June 20, 2011) A Maryland Correctional Institution Jessup (MCI J) officer was taken to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center via ambulance for treatment Monday afternoon after an assault by an inmate.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) Internal Investigation Unit was notified immediately.

The officer is being treated for non life-threatening injuries - a broken jaw and fractured cheekbone. MCI J Warden Dayena Corcoran will be visiting the officer in the hospital.

The incident happed around 2:20 p.m. as the officer was attempting to move an inmate to a different housing unit. Between six and eight other officers responded to the scene, and some were exposed to mace. Those officers were treated at the institution and returned to duty.

The inmate has been placed on administrative segregation. The institution is not locked down, as this was an isolated incident.

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 serious assaults (defined as incidents that require more than basic first aid) on staff are down 50% from FY07. Serious offender on offender assaults are also down 35% since FY07.