Jessup Correctional Institution

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Jessup Correctional Institution
Jessup Correctional Institution is located in Maryland
Jessup Correctional Institution
Coordinates39°8′40″N 76°46′40″W / 39.14444°N 76.77778°W / 39.14444; -76.77778Coordinates: 39°8′40″N 76°46′40″W / 39.14444°N 76.77778°W / 39.14444; -76.77778
StatusOperational
Security classMaximum adult males
Population1,396 (daily average) (as of 2010)
Opened1991
Former nameMaryland House of Correction-Annex
Managed byMaryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
WardenThomas Wolfe (Acting 2021)
Street address7805 House of Correction Rd
CityJessup
CountyHoward County
State/provinceMaryland
ZIP Code20794
CountryUnited States

Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI) is a maximum security prison operated by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in Jessup, Maryland. It was formerly called the Maryland House of Correction-Annex.[1][2]

Prisoners[edit]

In 2013, inmates from JCI helped remove asbestos from contaminated buildings at the Maryland House of Correction.[3] A lifer at JCI, Larry Bratt, wrote about dying in prison.[4] Inmates at JCI participated in the Beyond Scared Straight program.[5] Inmates at JCI participate in the Prison Puppy Raising Program.[6] A 2010 phone call to a college class by Marshall Conway, a former black panther in Baltimore, from inside JCI inspired an award-winning documentary, Comrade Sunshine.[7]

One prisoner, Wes Moore, is one of the subjects of the 2010 book The Other Wes Moore by Westley "Wes" Moore, who shares a similar name.[8]

Education[edit]

Inmates have a library that they use for legal research and writing, writing letters, and other purposes.[9]

JCI has a college program, called the Prison Scholars Program, run by Joshua Miller.[10] Many of the courses in the JCI Prison Scholars Program are on philosophy.[11] A chapter in "The Beautiful Prison" discusses a philosophy course run by Loyola University Professor Drew Leder and the scholars at JCI. The chapter is entitled: "The Enlightened Prison: Drew Leder and the Jessup Correctional Institution Scholars."[12]

Starting in August 2016, the University of Baltimore has begun offering bachelor's degrees JCI prisoners in Community Studies and Civic Engagement.[13] This program is a part of the US Department of Education's Second Chance Pell Experiment,[14] which involves 66 other universities. However, University of Baltimore is the first to implement the program.

Notable incidents[edit]

In 2008, Kelvin Poke, a man who was serving a life sentence at JCI, escaped from a local hospital and was killed by police.[15]

In 2012, a man killed his cellmate and eventually pleaded guilty to the crime.[16]

In 2015, three correctional officers were placed on administrative leave after an inmate was found dead inside a cell full of steam.[17] Visits were halted after an outbreak of an illness.[18] A former JCI guard was suspected of shootings in Maryland.[19]

In August 2016, an inmate was stabbed to death by other inmates in the F building. Officers responded to the call of a fight around 10 AM and found the victim, John A. O'Sullivan lying on the floor with multiple stab and puncture wounds.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Emptying the Maryland House of Correction eases community safety concerns and prosecution costs". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  2. ^ Baltimore Sun (17 January 2014). "Demolition of House of Corrections [Pictures]". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  3. ^ Matas, Alison. "Inmates help tear down House of Correction, earn professional certifications". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  4. ^ Bratt, Larry. "Dying in prison can be cruel". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  5. ^ Andy Dehnart. "Beyond Scared Straight's Real-Life Controversy". yahoo. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Our Puppies". Canine Partners for Life. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Documentary featuring AFSC staffer wins top prize". afsc.org. American Friends Service Committee. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  8. ^ Baker, Jeff (2011-01-15). "Q&A with the other Wes Moore: Why him and not me?". Oregonlive.com. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  9. ^ "Prison Library Offers A Place To Escape". npr.org. NPR. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  10. ^ "JCI Scholars Program". Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  11. ^ Woods, Baynard. "A prison philosophy program tells us what we can learn about life from lifers". City Paper. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  12. ^ Leder, Drew (16 May 2014). The Beautiful Prison. EmeraldBooks. ISBN 9781783509669. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Give Prisoners a Second Chance: Pell grants for prisoners reduce crime, save taxpayer dollars and prevent recidivism." US News and World Report, https://www.usnews.com/opinion/knowledge-bank/articles/2016-10-18/pell-grants-are-a-good-investment-for-prisoners-and-taxpayers
  14. ^ Douglas-Gabriel, Danielle (24 June 2016). "12,000 inmates to receive Pell grants to take college classes". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 18 January 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  15. ^ Schoetz, David. "Cops Kill Prison Lifer Who Escaped Hospital". ABC News. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  16. ^ Pratt, Tim. "Convicted murderer pleads guilty to killing cellmate at Jessup Correctional Institution". Capital Gazette. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  17. ^ Anderson, Jessica. "3 correctional officers placed on leave after inmate found inside cell full of steam". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  18. ^ Wenger, Yvonne. "Visits halted at Jessup prison after outbreak of illness". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  19. ^ Molinet, Jason. "Former corrections officer going through divorce charged in five Maryland shootings, including gunfire at NSA building, police say". NY Daily News. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Jessup Prison Fight Leaves One Dead: Police". Columbia, MD Patch. 15 August 2016.

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