Coal Township, PA – Superintendent Thomas McGinley, of the State Correctional Institution at Coal Township, reported today that inmate Ronnie Brooks, 50, was found unresponsive in his cell on March 22, 2022. 

Prison staff immediately responded and provided life-saving measures until facility medical personnel arrived. Brooks was transported to Medical Department, where he was pronounced deceased at 1:09 pm. 

Brooks was serving a 2- to 5-year sentence for Firearm Not to be Carried w/o License out of Monroe County. He had been at SCI Coal Township since May 16, 2018. 

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 Northumberland County Coroner's Office. 

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

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