- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland’s prison agency is downsizing the 75-year-old Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown to increase safety and efficiency, a move that reflects an 11 percent decline in the state’s inmate population since 2012.

Gary McLhinney (MACK’-il-hen-ee) of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Friday that 300 inmates and 45 correctional officers have been moved to other prisons since December. He says the medium-security prison’s inmate population will be cut to less than half of its 1,800-bed capacity by June 30, and those who remain will work in industrial and training programs.

The prison’s former inmates include Arthur Bremer, who shot Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1972, and actor Charles Dutton, star of the 1990s television sitcom, “Roc.”

The transfers were first reported by The Herald-Mail.

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