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Another incarcerated man dies at Donaldson Correction facility

ADOC said that the final cause of death is pending the results of a full autopsy.

William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County. (VIA GOOGLE EARTH)

A 33-year-old incarcerated man was found dead Monday in the health care ward of Donaldson Correction Facility, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

According to an ADOC notice on the incident obtained by APR, Matthew Mork, a 33-year-old incarcerated man serving a life sentence related to a 2010 charge of sodomy and sexual abuse of a child committed in Cullman County, was found unresponsive in his bed on Monday at the health care ward of Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer.

Mork had a “do not resuscitate” order in place, according to ADOC; thus, no life-saving measures were performed after correctional staff discovered him unresponsive. He was pronounced deceased by attending physicians later Monday.

In the notice, ADOC said that the final cause of death is pending the results of a full autopsy, with the ADOC Law Enforcement Services Division investigating the death.

According to the latest statistics from ADOC and the Equal Justice Initiative, Mork is the fifth incarcerated individual to have died in Donaldson over the last four months.

Just last week, a second incarcerated man at Donaldson Correctional Facility died after being involved in an altercation with another individual in the prison, according to an ADOC spokesperson. The departed: Mitchell Cosby, 41, was also serving a life sentence for a murder committed in Jefferson County.

In May, two members of the correctional staff at Donaldson were arrested and charged with the criminally negligent homicide of Jason Kirkland, 27, who died after being stuck in his cell door.

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The correctional officers: John Eddie Rodgers and Latasha Patrice Terrell failed to render aid to Kirkland after he became stuck in the tray slot of his cell door, later dying due to mechanical asphyxia, according to the ACLU of Alabama Campaign for Smart Justice.

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