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Incarcerated individual dies at Ventress Correctional Facility

Charles Rocky Ramsey, a 36-year-old man incarcerated at Ventress Correctional Facility, was pronounced dead on Wednesday.


Yet another incarcerated individual at an Alabama state prison has been confirmed dead by the Alabama Department of Corrections this week, according to a statement obtained by APR on Thursday.

Charles Rocky Ramsey, a 36-year-old incarcerated man at Ventress Correctional Facility, was pronounced dead on Wednesday at the Barbour County facility, according to a statement from an ADOC spokesperson on Thursday.

Ramsey was found unresponsive on the floor of his dorm in the facility by a correctional officer on Wednesday and was later taken to the healthcare unit to receive medical attention. Healthcare staff at the facility attempted life-saving measures on Ramsey but were unable to resuscitate him, and he was later pronounced dead.

Ramsey’s body was transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to undergo a postmortem examination, with the ADOC Law Enforcement Services Division investigating the circumstances that led to Ramsey’s death on Wednesday.

An official cause of death is awaiting the results of a full autopsy.

With Ramsey’s death on Wednesday, at least 13 deaths have been confirmed system-wide in the Month of October, according to previous statements released by the ADOC.

The names of the incarcerated individuals who died this month at ADOC facilities include Denarieya Letrex Smith, 30; Mark Alan Ford, 51; Trevor Upshaw, 37; Joseph Agee III, 29; Corey Griffin, 45; Jordan Daniel Johnson, 25; Joseph Paul Mitchell, 60; Henry Royal, 65; Kenyon Arrington, 34; Clarence Jackson, 34; Jason Wade Means, 42; and Daeshun Mincey, 21.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Austin Knowles and Timmy Wilson, two incarcerated individuals who died at William Donaldson Correctional Facility, died in October, when they in-fact Knowles died on Sept. 29, and Wilson died on Sept. 30. The ADOC confirmed their deaths in early October. 

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