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Archbishop celebrates Mass at Oregon's only federal prison
The front of the Federal Corrections Institution in Sheridan.
The front of the Federal Corrections Institution in Sheridan.

Archbishop Alexander Sample visited the Federal Corrections Institution in Sheridan this afternoon, celebrating a Mass for inmates at the medium security prison.

The facility, the only federal facility in Oregon, houses a total of 1,835 inmates. More than 1,300 inmates stay at the  detention center, while more than 500 live and work at a nearby minimum security prison camp. 

Current inmates include Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a U.S. citizen convicted in 2013 of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction for trying to detonate what he thought was a card bomb supplied by undercover FBI agents posing as members of Al-Qaeda at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland in 2010.

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