HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s prison agency is reinforcing a policy of generally releasing inmates in the counties in which they were convicted.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reported in its Friday edition that the agency issued a memorandum on the subject after Hagerstown officials complained that some former prisoners from outside Washington County had been released locally from nearby state prisons.

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Spokeswoman Brandie Jefferson says there had been no change in procedures the agency first announced in 2007. But a local rescue mission official says his organization has accepted into its emergency shelter program a number of former inmates who were not from western Maryland.

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The issue has arisen in Washington and Allegany counties, home to five state prisons in rural areas far from the Baltimore-Washington area.
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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com

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