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Two Maryland corrections officers stabbed; prison in lockdown

The Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Three inmates stabbed two officers at a maximum security jail Wednesday night, authorities said.

An officer was conducting rounds at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup around 9 p.m. when he was attacked by three inmates with weapons, said Major Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Another officer nearby heard the commotion and went to the area, where he was attacked, Doggett said.

The officers called for help and the inmates were subdued, she said. Both officers were flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Doggett said. They were in stable condition early Thursday.

The inmates who attacked the officers were put in segregation and the prison was put on lockdown, Doggett said. No charges had been filed, and the incident was under investigation.

Neither the injured officers nor the inmates were identified, but Doggett said the inmates involved in the attacks were serving 80 years or life sentences for homicide and weapons crimes.

In January, a corrections officer at the nearby Roxbury Correctional Institution was shot and killed, allegedly by an inmate he was guarding at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Gov. Robert Ehrlich advocated retroactive pay raises and more hiring of correctional officers last month after the union representing Maryland's 7,000 correctional officers complained that staff reductions at western Maryland prisons have compromised safety.

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