ONTARIO, OR - Oregon State Police are investigating an inmate death at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario.
56-year-old Mark Buckner told his cellmate he wasn't feeling well around 2:00 Monday afternoon. Security and medical staff tried life-saving efforts, but pronounced him dead by 2:30 p.m.
Buckner entered DOC custody on Nov. 3, 2011 for five counts of sodomy in the first degree, 20 counts of sexual penetration in the first degree, and one count of sex abuse in the first degree out of Clatsop County. His earliest release date was April 26, 2058.
The Department of Corrections thinks Buckner died from natural causes, but are investigating because of a recent increase in state prison deaths.
SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that holds about 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.