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8 prisoners died in Alabama jails last week

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In recent years, the Alabama Department of Justice (ADOC) has been in the news for worrying reasons. In 2021, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) accused ADOC to operate the most dangerous prison system in the country and sued the state, alleging that being sentenced to an Alabama prison constituted a “cruel and unusual punishment” and was an unconstitutional violation of the Eighth Amendment. The DOJ even filed one updated complaint argue in their ongoing lawsuit against Alabama over prison conditions that violence in facilities that are both overcrowded and “dangerously” understaffed remains unabated.

“In the two-and-a-half years since the United States originally notified the state of Alabama of unconstitutional conditions of detention, inmates in Alabama’s male prisons have continued to face high daily risk of death, physical violence and sexual abuse at the hands of other inmates,” the Justice Department wrote in the complaint signed by the US Attorney General Merrick garland.

Alabama prisons reported eight deaths last week. reported the Montgomery advisor.

ADOC said to be Law Enforcement Services Division is investigating each of the deaths but has not released any details. According to that reporteach person was “found unresponsive”.

In September, Alabama prisons were filled to 164.9% of their planned capacity.

In a recent Alabama Today reportformer correctional officer Stacy George explains how bad conditions are in Alabama prisons. In fact, he wrote a book about it. George is just the latest ADOC officer to leave government service, overwhelmed by the hours, personal risks and conditions of state prisons.

George is a former Morgan County commissioner and has twice run for the Republican nomination for governor of Alabama (2014 and 2022). George said that prisons are like that understaffed that he fears the inmates could potentially take control of one or more of the overcrowded facilities.

“You can always take a jail,” George warned. “It’s a danger to the officials, the people who work there. The public is in danger.”

2022 was a particularly deadly year in Alabama prisons. As of September, 179 people have died in the state’s prisons. That exceeds the year-end total for every year recorded except for one year for 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through prisons. July 2022 was the deadliest month on record in Alabama prisons.

Here is a list of the men who died last week:

Justin Wade Hopkins, 39, died at Elmore Correctional Facility on November 22. Hopkins was discovered unresponsive in his dorm. He was taken to the prison infirmary, where he was pronounced dead, ADOC said.

Willie A McCall, 67, died on November 23 at St. Clair Correctional Facility. McCall was discovered unresponsive on the St. Clair dorm floor and taken to the infirmary, where he was pronounced dead.

Cameron Holifield, 22, died November 24 at Staton Correctional Facility. When he was unresponsive in his dormitory, he was taken to the prison infirmary, where he was pronounced dead.

Grady Anthony Lee, 44, died the same day at Bibb Correctional Facility. When he was unresponsive in his dorm, he was taken to the health center, where he was pronounced dead.

Barry Christopher Culver, 25, died November 25 at St. Clair Correctional Facility. He was found lifeless on his bed, where he was examined by medical personnel and pronounced dead.

Jason P Hopkins, 36, died at Elmore Correctional Facility on November 25. He was taken to the health center after being found unresponsive on his bed. Medical staff responded, but he was pronounced dead.

Jimmy R Hurst, 89, also died at Limestone Correctional Facility on November 25. Hurst reported to the infirmary with “certain symptoms” before becoming “unresponsive.” He died there.

Joseph Edward Nichols, 46, died on November 27 at Ventress Correctional Facility. He was found unresponsive in his dormitory and taken to the prison infirmary, where he was pronounced dead.

US judge Myron Thompson Has ordered ADOC Hire 2,000 more guards – a mission that the ailing system has failed to achieve despite three years of trying.

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