By: Kyle James | 09-18-2017 | News
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23-Year-Old Becomes Fifth Person To Be Found Dead In Oregon State Prison This Year

An inmate at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution suddenly died Sunday morning making him the fifth person to unexpectedly die at the prison in 2017 alone. Kenneth Allen was 23-years-old when he became unresponsive in his cell according to Oregon Department of Corrections spokeswoman Betty Bernt. Emergency medical staff at the prison were responding to complaints from Allen around 11 a.m. but the prison did not disclose the nature of the complaints.

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Allen was due to be released in only three months, on December 22nd, and was from White City. He was in prison on three counts of theft and one count of possession of heroin. Bernt said that officials could not release any further information but Allen is the fifth inmate to randomly die under the facilities care. The prison is located around 200 miles east of Portland and earlier this year four other inmates died there. The other four inmates were all over 50 years of age and also were found unresponsive in their cells.

Six other inmates are also known to have died in other Oregon state prisons this year. The deaths leave one to wonder if drugs are involved. Since 14 federal indictments were handed out to prison staff, inmates and another four people outside of a jail in Baltimore in recent weeks it is becoming clear that there is a lucrative business smuggling contraband into jails and prisons, including drugs.

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