- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Corrections and union officials say several inmates were injured in a fight at a maximum security prison in western Maryland.

Gerard Shields is a spokesman for Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. He said in a phone interview that the fight occurred Wednesday night at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland.

Shields says the fight involved an “undefined number” of inmates. Jeff Pittman, communications director for AFSCME Maryland, said in an email that the fight involved between 25 and 40 inmates.

Shields the disturbance was brought under control in about 15 minutes and no staff were hurt. He says one inmate was taken to a hospital with a possible broken jaw. Several other inmates were treated at the prison for cuts and bruises.

WCI has about 1,600 inmates.

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