A spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed on Monday the death of an incarcerated individual at Elmore Correctional Facility over the weekend.
Marquis Hatcher, a 31-year-old incarcerated man at the Elmore County facility, was the victim of “an inmate-on-inmate assault” on Friday, according to the ADOC spokesperson.
At some point that Friday, Hatcher was transported to the medical facilities at nearby Staton Correctional facility, where staff attempted life-saving measures but were unsuccessful.
“Hatcher succumbed to his injuries and passed away,” the ADOC spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.
A source within Elmore Correctional Facility who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation said that Hatcher was initially involved in a physical altercation with another incarcerated individual, then attacked and stabbed by a group of five other incarcerated men at the facility.
“The young victim laid there on the ground and died while corrections officers done nothing to hurriedly help this man,” the source said in a statement to APR on Monday. “This is just a current glimpse of the corruption and cruel punishment we endure here daily, and it only gets worse.”
Other incarcerated men carried him to the back gate to be transported by van to Staton Correctional Facility for treatment, as there is no medical care onsite at Elmore, according to the source.
“And another life is lost for nothing, no justice, nothing,” the source said.
The ADOC has yet to confirm this series of events.
As with all deaths in correctional facilities in the state, the ADOC’s Law Enforcement Services Division is investigating the surrounding circumstances with Hatcher’s death on Friday.
In early October, another incarcerated man was found unresponsive in the showers at Elmore Correctional Facility and pronounced dead later that same day.
Corey Griffin, a 45-year-old incarcerated man at the facility, was also transported to Staton Correctional Facility to receive medical assistance.
Staton Correctional Facility was the site of a death on the last day of October.
Deshua Latral Sargent, a 31-year-old incarcerated man at the facility, was found unresponsive in his dorm that Monday and pronounced dead later that same day after “all life-saving measures” performed by medical staff were unsuccessful, according to an ADOC spokesperson.
Sargent was the 15th incarcerated individual to die in an Alabama correctional facility in the month of October.