Md. Supermax Warden–And Prison Itself–Retiring

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Maryland Supermax prison warden Sewall Smith remembers the day nearly 30 years ago when he wondered if he was about to die. As the Baltimore Sun recounts it, a prisoner had stabbed a guard, and Smith, a fellow guard, ran to the rescue. As other inmates shouted warnings of his approach, the man with the knife turned to confront Smith. "I already had in my mind, 'I'm going to take the stab in my left hand and grab onto the wrist with my right and hold on for dear life.' All kind of things started going through my . . .

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