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Incarcerated man at Donaldson prison dies after attack

The man’s death is the latest in what is quickly becoming one of the deadliest years in Alabama prisons.

William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County. Google Earth

A man serving at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer died on Wednesday after being attacked by another incarcerated man, the Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed for APR

William Jennings, 49, died from injuries sustained during an apparent inmate-on-inmate assault, department spokeswoman Kristi Simpson said in a message. 

The department’s Law Enforcement Services Division is investigating the death. 

The U.S. Department of Justice in the federal government’s lawsuit alleged unconstitutional treatment of incarcerated men, including a lack of basic health care and mental health care in understaffed and deadly facilities, and the inability to protect the incarcerated from sexual, physical violence and death. 

In previously released reports, the Justice Department detailed systemic problems in Alabama’s prison for men of abuse from guards, corruption and cover-ups, rampant drug use, violence, overcrowding, contraband often brought in by correctional officers. 

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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