Prince George's County Executive Parris Glendening outlined new policies yesterday to correct problems at the county's troubled jail, but said he has no immediate plans to replace the Corrections Department director.

In releasing a U.S. Justice Department report that was highly critical of operations at the seven-month-old correctional center, Glendening warned that the department, embarrassed by three escapes from the facility, had not met his "standards of professionalism and performance" and said that some changes are inevitable.

"There are some who are not pulling their weight," Glendening said at a news conference. "If people cannot do the job, they ought to move on."

However, Glendening, who for two weeks has been wrestling with ways to resolve what he has termed "serious" mismanagement at the center, reiterated his support for corrections chief Samuel F. Saxton.

Glendening said Saxton has implemented many of the the 39 specific recommendations in the report, which was prepared through the Justice Department's National Institute of Corrections. Other recommendations will take longer to put in place, the county executive said, because the institute will conduct an in-depth staffing analysis that could take one or two weeks.

However, Glendening said he had told Saxton that all of the improvements in operation of the $43 million correctional center should be done "as quickly as possible."

"If not," he said, "we will make {management} changes from top to bottom."

The institute report was prepared at the request of Saxton and Glendening, in the wake of two escapes in which inmates took almost identical routes.

Last May, two inmates used a basketball goal to climb an outdoor recreation yard wall, pried wire mesh fencing away from the edge of the building and jumped to the ground. The two men then scaled two 12-foot razor-wire-topped perimeter fences and fled to a nearby wooded area. Both were recaptured.

"The escapes that have taken place are attributable to procedural and personnel problems rather than major hardware or physical plant defects," the report said. "However, the problems are not so pervasive as to be difficult to solve."

Last month, four inmates tried to escape using a similar route. Only one succeeded, and he was captured within 24 hours.

The institute report said that the Corrections Department had no documentation that regular inspections of security features such as bars, windows, locks and manhole covers occurred at the correctional center. Such a system, the report said, "would have detected the problems which led to these escapes."

"The institution needs a policy which describes, and carefully enforces, a procedure . . .. to inspect every security feature of the facility on a regular basis and document those inspections with signed inspection forms," the report said.

Saxton, in a detailed response to the report, said that correctional officers "always have been required" to conduct security checks of all inmate cells, housing units, offices, showers and recreation yards at the beginning and end of each shift. Supervisors also conduct security checks periodically, Saxton said.

Now, Saxton said, these security checks will be documented.

The report also was critical of the lack of direct supervision of inmates in the facility's outdoor recreation yards and for the long hours of recreation -- well into nightfall -- available to inmates. The report noted that one escape occurred at 9:30 p.m., "an unusually late time for recreation."

Until the two escapes, all inmates except those held in maximum security had access to the outdoor recreation yards until about 10 p.m. Saxton said a schedule for yard supervision has been developed.

Saxton continued to maintain that he is responsible for the management mistakes that contributed to the escapes.

"I intend to take care of business," Saxton said. "Why don't you come over {to the correctional center} and see if I do or not?"

The County Council took Saxton up on his offer, touring the facility on Dille Drive outside of Upper Marlboro yesterday afternoon and then questioning Saxton about the institute report.

Council member Sue V. Mills, who has been the most vocal critic of the correctional center, said the two reports showed that her criticisms were on target. "You have listened to what I said," Mills told Saxton, "but you have not heard what I said."

But Mills said that she is satisfied that Saxton is moving to improve operations at the facility.