SHIRLEY -- State health inspectors have cited one of the Commonwealth's maximum security prisons for nearly 600 health code violations -- about half that were repeat violations.

Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a Supermax prison that is home to some of the state's most dangerous inmates, had a bathroom sink that discharged discolored water. A dish washing sink had water that was 135 degrees. Other citations included dirty toilets and blocked cell vents.

The prison had 591 violations, according to a report by the Department of Public Health, which annually inspects the state's prisons. Of those, 307 were repeat citations.

Repeat violations were for improperly stored food, dirty floors and walls, bird droppings, and broken toilets, the report states.

Some minor citations were for cracked ceiling tiles, leaking sinks, and chipped paint.

The health department gave the prison 10 days to come up with a plan and timetable to address the citations.

Prison officials are working on corrective action, said Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Fallon.

"The maintenance staff members at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center continually address maintenance issues at the facility," he said in a statement. "They are working diligently toward addressing the issues that were listed by DPH in the inspection report."

Inspection of the prison's bathrooms, cells, kitchens, and other areas that uncovered the hundreds of health violations took place between Feb.


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13 and 18.