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State agency notes two inmate deaths

Mar 6, 2015 | by Jean Thrash

Two incarcerated Arkansas citizens died Monday while in Arkansas Department of Correction custody.

Two incarcerated Arkansas citizens died Monday while in Arkansas Department of Correction custody. Redus Sims, died of “natural causes” at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern, a prison spokesman said Tuesday.

Frye said another incarcerated citizen died Sunday at a hospital due to “natural causes,” but the she could not release the person’s name because next of kin had not been notified.

The Arkansas State Police were notified of both deaths but are not investigating, Frye said.

In January, prison officials stopped releasing a specific cause of death for inmates. Instead, each death is classified as “natural causes,” unless there are special circumstances.

There have been 17 Arkansas prison deaths since Jan. 1; there were 56 deaths in 2014.