Hagerstown prison chief is reassigned MCI-H warden requested move, officials say.


The warden at the Maryland prison that has been locked down since inmates rioted last May will be reassigned at his own request, corrections officials said.

Mason W. Waters, warden of the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown, will begin working temporarily at Division of Correction headquarters in Baltimore, according to Gregory M. Shipley, a prison system spokesman.

Waters requested the reassignment 2 1/2 weeks ago, Shipley said.

Fifty-eight inmates and correctional officers were injured in the MCI-H riot, which caused property damage estimated at $1.5 million.

At DOC headquarters, Waters will work on improving the division's system of classifying inmates and calculating their proper release dates, Shipley said.

Waters' departure spurred the following three other new assignments at Hagerstown-area prisons:

* Lloyd L. Waters, the warden at Maryland Correction Training Center, is to move to MCI-H, succeeding Mason Waters. They are not related.

* Jon P. Galley, warden at Roxbury Correctional Institution, is to move temporarily to MCTC.

* Ronald F. Moats, the assistant warden at Roxbury, will take over as acting warden there.

"These are not disciplinary moves by any means," Shipley said. "These are moves the commissioner [of correction] feels will enhance the operation of all three institutions."

As many as 1,000 inmates roamed MCI-H during the 2 1/2 -hour riot, fighting with correctional officers and damaging the prison.

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