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Alabama prisons investigating death of inmate at Limestone Correctional Facility


The Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating the Saturday death of an inmate serving at Limestone Correctional Facility, the department confirmed to the Alabama Political Reporter on Tuesday.

Alvin Daniels, 68, died on April 25 and although no foul play is suspected his exact cause of death is pending an autopsy, ADOC spokeswoman Samantha Rose told APR.

“More information will be available upon the conclusion of the investigation into his death,” Rose said. 

It was unclear Tuesday whether Daniels had been tested for COVID-19. Rose did not immediately respond to a followup question Tuesday afternoon. 

The families of two inmates at Limestone told APR on Sunday that the man may have had a sudden medical emergency, but APR was unable to confirm that as of Tuesday.

As of Friday, the last day ADOC updated it’s testing numbers, four state inmates had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Dave Thomas, 66, a terminally-ill man who was serving at the St. Clair Correctional Facility, died April 9 after testing positive for coronavirus.  

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A 52-year-old male serving at the St. Clair prison also tested positive for the virus, as did a 33-year-old man serving at the Bullock Correctional Facility and a man at Elba Community Based Facility and Community Work Center. 

Nine ADOC staff members in eight facilities had also tested positive for the virus as of Friday. ADOC is to update testing numbers later on Tuesday.

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.



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