A photo of Antonio Rauls released in the media after his death.
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Inmate Found Unresponsive in an Arkansas State Prison

Antonio Rauls, an inmate in Ouachita River Correctional Unit, Arkansas, was found on the 30th of September unresponsive in his cell around 6:00 p.m.

An inmate in an Arkansas State Prison was found, on the 30th of September, unresponsive in his cell. Antonio Rauls, a 36-year old, found at 6:00 p.m. in his cell in Ouachita River Correctional Unit.

After being found helpless, he was rushed to the prison infirmary. He died in the infirmary, barely 30 minutes later.

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Rauls was serving a sentence for drug-related charges in Cleveland County. The cause of the death has not yet been established. However, the Arkansas Department of Corrections and the Arkansas State Police, are investigating the death of the 36-year-old.

Prison Deaths in Arkansas State Prisons

This is not the first time an inmate lost his life in prison. Deaths in the state prison have been rampant. Recently, two inmates were found unresponsive while under detention.

On the 29th of August, Joe Harris and Donovan Cobbs were unresponsive in their cells in Varner’s Supermax section. They later died.

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Cobbs was serving a 10-year jail term for robbery. Harris was serving a life in prison sentence for a string of crime and attempted murder charges.

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Jim DePriest, the Department of Correction’s chief attorney, strongly felt their deaths were related to drugs. His suspicion was because of many inmates that were being treated for illnesses related to drugs.

Before the death of the duo, three more inmates died on the 26th and 27th of August, during the same week. Stephen Kantzer, a 38-year-old, Edward Morris, a 34-year-old, and Marlon Miles, a 41-year-old. Morris and Miles were locked up in the Varner’s Supermax section while Kantzer had been in the normal prison population.

Drugs Are Linked to Prison Deaths

There are a lot of drug issues in Varner. Synthetic Marijuana, famously known as “K2”, has been a real challenge for the correction facility and many others in the state.

In fact, Wendy Kelley, the state prison director and the Department of Correction’s officials publicly admitted they have been struggling. They are trying to ensure that drugs, especially the synthetic marijuana, doesn’t find its way into prison.

Synthetic Marijuana poses a lot of health hazards compared to the natural one. According to Paul Prather, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ professor of pharmacology and toxicology, marijuana as a plant is safe.

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A photo of Antonio Rauls released in the media after his death.
This early on, loved ones of Arkansas inmates are concerned that the overall circumstances of this death will never fully be revealed, leaving them worried for the safety of their loved ones in their respective institutions. Image Source: KATV

Synthetic cannabinoids and the synthetic versions of marijuana have some clinical toxicity, experts say. According to the professor, some of the side effects of the synthetic marijuana are:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Seizures
  • Kidney damage

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