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SCI Pine Grove Reports Inmate Death


Indiana, PA – Lee Estock, superintendent of the State Correctional Institution at Pine Grove, reported today that inmate Christopher Tisdale, 27, was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021 during the delivery of breakfast trays. 

Prison staff immediately responded and provided life-saving measures until facility medical personnel arrived. EMS arrived and advanced life support measures were continued. Tisdale was pronounced dead at 6:58 a.m.  

Tisdale was serving a 3- to 10-year sentence for Robbery out of Philadelphia County. He had been at SCI Pine Grove since November 2, 2021. 

In accordance with state policy, Pennsylvania State Police were notified and will conduct an investigation. The official cause of death will be determined by the Indiana County coroner.

The deceased's next of kin has been notified.

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