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SCI Greene officer latest to fall ill as state prison lockdown continues |

SCI Greene officer latest to fall ill as state prison lockdown continues

FILE – This June 1, 2018, file photo, shows a housing unit in the west section of the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa. The first phase of transferring more than 2,500 inmates from the 89-year-old state prison at Graterford to the long-delayed $400 million SCI Phoenix prison began Wednesday, July 11, 2018, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, which plans to bus hundreds of inmates a day to the new prison facility about a mile down the road until all are relocated. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

Another corrections officer fell ill at a Pennsylvania state prison, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Officials believe synthetic marijuana is responsible for sickening more than two dozen employees in state facilities in the past month. The prison system remains on lockdown, but it has been modified somewhat, spokeswoman Susan McNaughton said.

In an email, McNaughton confirmed that an officer at SCI Greene was taken to a hospital Saturday morning. He had been doing inventory in a broom closet.

Officials believe clear, liquefied forms of marijuana are coming into the facilities on paper, such as on letters or the pages of books. Inmates then eat or smoke the paper.

The state’s 24 corrections facilities were locked down on Wednesday. That meant inmates must remain in their cells for 24 hours a day, no visitors are allowed and inmate mail is limited to legal correspondence.

McNaughton said Saturday that inmates were still remaining in their cells “except for controlled showers and phone access on their units.”

They are allowing some work crews to work, such as laundry and kitchen, “but all other inmates remain in their cells.”

Staff writer Aaron Aupperlee contributed to this report. Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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