Congressman John Delaney

Representing the 6th District of Maryland
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Delaney Statement on Attack on Correctional Officer in Cumberland

Apr 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – A correctional officer at the North Branch Correctional Institution was assaulted by an inmate while on duty Monday.

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:

“An attack on one of our officers is an attack on our entire system of justice. The entire community stands with the officer who was injured and I join his coworkers in praying for a full and speedy recovery. This is an alarming attack on an officer who was on-duty, serving the people of Maryland.

“It is very troubling that a state correctional officer was attacked at work, there needs to be a top-down review of the safety of our facilities.

“We know that correctional officers have a very tough job, but we have to do more to make sure that they can go home healthy to their families each day. Attacks like this simply cannot happen and when they do we have to reevaluate everything that’s been done to lead up to this point. There have been serious safety concerns at these state facilities for a long time, including concerns tied to chronic understaffing that is putting our talented officers in harm’s way. We must do better for our officers, staff, visitors and inmates at these facilities.”