DPSCS Investigating Alleged Excessive Use of Force Incident at Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center


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TOWSON, MD (January 14, 2011) --Six correctional officers and a Major have been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into an alleged incident involving excessive force being used against a detainee at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center last weekend. The warden of the facility has also been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The incident in question began early Saturday morning (January 8), when a 26-year old woman was brought into Central Booking on minor charges. After the alleged incident, she was taken to a local hospital, and was released with no life-threatening injuries.

The Internal Investigative Unit of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is conducting an ongoing investigation. Additionally, the Maryland Division of Pretrial Detention and Services, which operates Central Booking and the Baltimore City Detention Center, has begun an administrative review of the situation.

Carolyn Scruggs, Assistant Warden of Central Booking, has been placed in the role of Acting Warden during the investigation.

Disciplinary action is possible, as are criminal charges, pending the outcome of the investigation. Because of the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation, DPSCS cannot reveal any further information at this time.