Alabama Department of Corrections officials are investigating yet another inmate death.
Correctional officers at the Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio found inmate Rubin Hayes, 54, unconscious in his cell on Nov. 24, according to an ADOC press release that was sent out on Wednesday, 10 days after Hayes’ death.
The release from ADOC says Hayes was rushed to the prison’s medical care unit, where a doctor pronounced him dead at 10:51 that night.
Prison and ADOC officials are awaiting an autopsy report to determine Hayes’ cause of death. The ADOC’s Investigations and Intelligence Department is investigating Hayes’ death.
Hayes was serving a five-year prison term for an assault charge.
There have been 21 deaths resulting from murder, suicide or drug abuse in 2019 alone inside Alabama’s prisons.