2nd suspicious substance this week shuts prison mail room

Marion County

One mail room employee was taken to the hospital

generic file Oregon State Penitentiary sign, department of corrections

FILE – This Nov. 18, 2011 file photo shows the Oregon State Penitentiary sign, at the Oregon State Penitentiary, in Salem, Ore. Seventy-nine inmates died in Oregon prisons in the past two years, and the Department of Corrections said nothing to the public about all but one of them. The Statesman Journal compiled the information […]

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Penitentiary mail room in Salem was evacuated after workers found an envelope with an unknown substance.

The Oregon Department of Corrections says workers reported receiving the envelope at about 11:15 a.m. Friday. Officials say the mail room, which is in a small building outside the main prison, was secured and evacuated.

One mail room employee was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Oregon State Police and Salem firefighters cleared the building as safe to return to work.

On Wednesday about two dozen workers at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility were evacuated after a mail room employee discovered an envelope containing a powdery substance.

Four of those employees were decontaminated and taken to a hospital.

Officials say that incident remains under criminal investigation.

Officials say at this time the two incidents do not appear to be related.

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