Inmate dies at Utah State Prison

NEWS RELEASE

Oct. 25, 2014

An inmate died Saturday after jumping from a fixture in his cell at the Utah State Prison in Draper.

Officers observed Ryan P. Allison, 22, banging his head on the concrete floor at approximately 7:30 a.m. and were preparing to enter the cell when Allison dove head first from a sink/toilet fixture. Officers entered the cell and gave Allison CPR but were unable to revive him.

Allison was alone in a camera-equipped cell in the Olympus facility, which houses inmates who are mentally ill.

The Unified Police Department was notified and is reviewing the incident, as is standard procedure. Allison’s body was turned over to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Allison pleaded guilty but mentally ill to charges of threat or use of a dangerous weapon in a fight, a Class A misdemeanor, and making threats against a judge, a third-degree felony in September 2010. Allison initially was sentenced to the Utah State Hospital for treatment but due to his disruptive behavior there, he was subsequently ordered to serve his sentence at the prison. He had been incarcerated at the Utah State Prison since April 2011. In August, Allison was charged with and found guilty of assault by a prisoner, a third-degree felony. Allison had a discharge date of May 24, 2015.

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