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Officers Union Calls For Action

August 6th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

A Maryland corrections officers union is calling for three directors to be fired after authorities say a correction officer was recently stabbed five times at a state prison. WBAL reports the AFSCME Maryland Council says three directors in the Public Safety and Correction Services department should be fired after a four-year veteran correctional officer was stabbed several times by an inmate at North Branch Correctional Institution near Cumberland.

The President of the Council says it has documents to prove that supervisors at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland had intelligence of a credible gang related assault and failed to inform corrections officers about it.

According to authorities, the officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He remained conscious and alert throughout the ordeal. 

Officials say the victim is in his 30s, and has worked at North Branch since 2009. They have not yet released his name.

The inmate attacker has been identified as being a man from Prince George’s County, who is serving life for murder and other charges, according to officials.

The union says this is the second assault in about two weeks that has happened at that facility. 

They believe the attack could have been prevented if appropriate action had been taken.

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