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Incarcerated man dies at Staton Correctional Facility

It was at least the 15th confirmed death in Alabama’s state prison system in October.

Staton Correctional Facility and Draper Correctional Facility near Elmore, Alabama. GOOGLE EARTH

An incarcerated individual died on Monday at Staton Correctional Facility, marking the 15th confirmed death in Alabama’s state prison system in October, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Deshua Latral Sargent, a 31-year-old incarcerated man at the Elmore County facility, was found unresponsive in his dorm on Oct. 31, according to a spokesperson for the ADOC.

After being transported to the healthcare unit within the facility, where correctional staff attempted “all life-saving measures” but were ultimately unsuccessful, the spokesperson said.

Sargent was declared dead sometime later that day.

With Sargent’s death, five incarcerated men have died over the past week in ADOC facilities.

On Tuesday of last week, Daeshun Mincey, a 21-year-old incarcerated man at Staton Correctional Facility, was also found unresponsive in the facility. Health care staff at the facility failed to resuscitate him, and he was pronounced dead.

Mincey’s death is believed to be an overdose, according to a source within the facility.

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Both Sargent’s and Mincey’s deaths are being investigated by the ADOC’s Law Enforcement Services Division, the inner-agency group responsible for conducting investigations into all deaths in prison.

The results of a formal autopsy have yet to be released for both men.

Including Sargent and Mincey, At-least 15 incarcerated individuals died in ADOC facilities system wide in the month of October, according to previous statements from the ADOC.

The names of other incarcerated individuals who died this month 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 Harold Wayne Bailey, 52.

John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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