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SCI Houtzdale Reports Inmate Death

Houtzdale, PA – State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale Superintendent Barry Smith reports the death of inmate Shane Savage on May 6, 2018.

Savage, age 32, was found unresponsive in his cell at 8:56 p.m. on May 6, 2018. Officers and medical staff immediately responded to the scene and began performing CPR.  An ambulance was requested and arrived at the facility. The inmate was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. by the Medic Command Physician at UPMC Altoona.

Pennsylvania’s State Police Barracks at Clearfield will conduct an investigation. The official cause of death will be determined by the Clearfield County Coroner’s Office.

Savage was serving 5-to-10 years for robbery on a Lackawanna County conviction, effective January 11, 2012. He had been at SCI Houtzdale since June 10, 2014.

Facility staff has notified the inmate’s next-of-kin.


MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Reifer, 814-378-1000


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