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SCI Phoenix Reports Inmate Death

Collegeville, PATammy Ferguson, superintendent of the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Phoenix reports the death of an inmate.

At 6:20 a.m., on September 9, inmate John Toland, 45, was discovered hanging in his cell as officers were conducting the morning count. Officers immediately began CPR, and medical staff was dispatched to the housing unit. EMS was called and responded to the facility, where Toland was pronounced dead at 7:28 a.m. by an Einstein Montgomery Hospital doctor.

Toland was serving a 10-to-20-year sentence for burglary out of Philadelphia County.


The inmate’s next of kin has been notified. Pennsylvania State Police will investigate the death, as is policy for all inmate deaths. The Montgomery County Coroner will determine the cause of death.



MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Durand, 610-409-7890


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