Camp Hill, PA – Superintendent Laurel Harry of the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill reported today that inmate Joel Vanderpool, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell on May 4, 2022, during staff rounds. Emergency personnel were notified and CPR was administered until Lower Allen EMS arrived. Inmate Vanderpool was pronounced deceased at 3:27 AM. 

In accordance with state policy, Pennsylvania State Police were notified and will conduct an investigation. The official cause of death will be determined by the Cumberland County Coroner's Office.

Vanderpool was serving a 1-to 6-year sentence for Drug-Manufacture/Sale/Deliver or Possess with Intent To out of Bradford County. He had been at SCI Camp Hill since April 12, 2022.

The deceased's next-of-kin has been notified.

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