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Union criticizes state over security threats

Tuesday - 8/6/2013, 5:10pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A union for Maryland correctional officers is criticizing state prison officials for failing to take precautions after an officer was stabbed, four days after officials were informed he was a target.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees released a letter on Tuesday from an inmate at the prison that was sent as a warning to remove two officers from working on a specific tier of the North Branch Correctional Institution near Cumberland, or they would face violence.

The union called for the resignations of three officials for repeated failure to address serious lapses in security that has led to a spike in gang-related assaults of correctional officers at the facility.

The union says 15 officers have been assaulted in four separate incidents since July 7.

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