"The closing of the House of Correction was a huge improvement for the officers who were in that building," said Patrick Moran, director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents corrections officers.
"It was an unsafe environment for all those involved.
Three inmates and one officer were killed at the House of Correction in 2006.
The other killings last year included the Jan. 26 shooting of an officer by a Roxbury Correctional Institute inmate in a Hagerstown hospital and the Dec. 9 strangulation of an inmate at the Jessup Correctional Institute
said the O'Malley
administration deserves credit for improving communication in 2007, re-instituting meetings between union leadership, wardens and state officials to discuss safety, staffing shortages and other issues.
"People leave because it's a tough job, and a dangerous job," said Moran, the union director.