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John McCartney
John McCartney
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo) - 01/10/18

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died Tuesday morning of apparent natural causes at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. As with all unexpected deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

John McCartney, 65, was found unresponsive in his cell and pronounced deceased at approximately 8:54 a.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

McCartney entered DOC custody on March 29, 2007, on four counts of sodomy in the first degree out of Washington County. His earliest release date was April 9, 2018.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

OSP is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.


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