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4 Corrections Officers Disciplined In Western Md.

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(AP Photo/California Department of Correction)

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Four correctional officers have been disciplined following two disturbances in a single night at a state prison in western Maryland.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports that both disturbances occurred Feb. 18 at a prison south of Hagerstown. A spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says one of the incidents involved an assault on an officer and the other involved inmates who were in a locked recreation hall and became disruptive.

The department says in a statement that some officers were found to have used excessive force and violated policy and procedures. Four officers have either been placed on administrative leave or reprimanded. Some inmates have also been transferred out of the prison.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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