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70-year-old inmate serving life sentence in state prison jumped to his death

Written by Brandie Kessler/The York Daily Record | Jan 17, 2018 5:56 PM
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In this Tuesday, April 13, 2010 photo, a solitary corrections officer looks out from a tower at one corner of the state prison in Camp Hill, Pa.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Undated) -- A 70-year-old inmate at the State Correctional Insititution at Camp Hill died Monday after he jumped from a second-floor tier of a housing unit and suffered life-threatening injuries, according to a news release.

James Michael Bailey was pronounced dead at Geisinger Holy Spirit Trauma Center at 7:26 a.m. Monday.

Laurel Harry, superintendent of the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill, said in a news release that Bailey suffered injuries after he jumped at approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday. Housing unit and prison medical staff started CPR, the prison staff called 911 and an ambulance took Bailey to the hospital.

Bailey had been in the system since 1998, according to the news release. He had been transferred from SCI Greene to SCI Camp Hill on Jan. 9, less than a week before his death. He was serving a life sentence for criminal homicide for a Dauphin County conviction, according to the news release.

Pennsylvania State Police were called to investigate the death, which is Department of Corrections policy, according to the news release. Bailey's body is in the possession of the Cumberland County Coroner's office. 

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record

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