Western Correctional Institution

Coordinates: 39°36′20″N 78°49′02″W / 39.605455°N 78.817209°W / 39.605455; -78.817209
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Western Correctional Institution
Governor Hogan visiting the prison, 2017
Location13800 McMullen Hwy SW
Cumberland, Maryland
Managed byMaryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

The Western Correctional Institution is a maximum security state prison for men located in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland. It opened in 1996[1] and has an official capacity of 1793.[2]

Western Correctional Institution is close to two other correctional facilities: the high-tech "hyper max" North Branch Correctional Institution first opened as an extension of Western which, later was officially separated in 2003, and the Allegany County Detention Center. A third prison, the Federal Correctional Institution, Cumberland, is located in the same county.


The grounds of the prison were formerly the location of a plant of the American Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Co. Ltd, now known as the Celanese corporation. The plant closed in 1983 and was later demolished to make way for the construction of the prison.[3]

Notable inmates[edit]


  • Nicholas Waggoner Browning – murdered his parents and two younger brothers in 2008.
  • James Allen Kulbicki – Baltimore City police officer found guilty of murdering his mistress. Story turned into the 1996 TV movie "Double Jeopardy".[4][5]
  • Michael Thompson, another Baltimore police officer found guilty of murder. He could have got the death penalty but is facing life in jail.[6]
  • Raymont Hopewell – serial killer, 1999–2005


  • Joe Metheny – serial killer – died of natural causes in 2017 at Western Correctional Institution.


  1. ^ "Western Correctional Institution". Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ "DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY & CORRECTIONAL SERVICES". Mayland Manual Online. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ Wheeler, Timothy (1998-12-08). "Prison presence in Western Md. Allegany: Corrections jobs are replacing industry jobs that left the county over past 20 years, but a proliferation of prisons is not welcomed by everyone". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on 2020-12-05. Retrieved 2023-09-17.
  4. ^ "Maryland DOC Inmate Locator".
  5. ^ "Double Jeopardy". IMDb. 30 January 1996.
  6. ^ "Vicky Lee Austin Murder: Where is Michael Thompson Now?". 29 June 2021.

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