40 inmates brawl in Jessup prison 13 suffer injuries


A fight between two inmates at the Maryland House of Correction Annex in Jessup escalated into a brawl that involved as many as 40 inmates, resulted in injuries to 13 and sent nine of them to area hospitals.

All of those injured had been stabbed, but none of the injuries was life-threatening, said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Four inmates were flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, while another four inmates were taken by ambulance to University of Maryland Medical Center, he said. Four more were treated at the prison infirmary, and another was later taken to the medical center by prison personnel.

Sipes said the nine hospitalized inmates were either in fair or stable condition. The four other inmates were in fair condition, he said. The injured inmates are serving long sentences for crimes ranging from first-degree murder and rape to attempted murder and armed robbery, he said.

Sipes declined to release the names of the inmates because relatives had not been notified.

Sipes said about 200 prisoners were returning to their cells when the fight broke out about 12: 35 p.m. outside a dining hall in the B wing of the maximum-security institution's C Building. Homemade knives called "shanks" were used, and other inmates joined the altercation before correctional officers stopped the fight, he said.

No officers or other personnel were injured, he said.

Pub Date: 12/24/96

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