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Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death - 02/03/16
At approximately 4:02 p.m. on February 2, Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate Ronald Ruffin, 54, died unexpectedly in the infirmary. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, Oregon State Police and the Marion County Medical Examiner responded to investigate.

Ruffin entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 21, 1988, on one count of murder out of Multnomah County; he was sentenced to life in prison.

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

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and 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.