At least five individuals were the victims or involved in a rash of inmate-on-inmate assaults over a two-day period early this week at St. Clair County Correctional Facility, with at least two being transported to an area hospital for treatment and assessment of injuries.
Multiple sources within the state prison system indicated that a number of incarcerated individuals were stabbed at St. Clair County Correctional facility by other incarcerated individuals between Monday and Tuesday of this week. A spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections later confirmed the assaults on Wednesday.
Bienemy Luther, a 31-year-old,; Martin Adams, a 25-year-old; Montrell Towns, a 29-year-old; Ladarius Lucas, a 39-year-old; and Shedrick Williams III, a 46-year-old, were all victims or involved in “inmate-on-inmate” assaults within the St. Clair County facility, according to the spokesperson.
Luther and Lucas were transported to area hospitals for treatment and further assessments.
No fatalities have been confirmed.
On Monday, Luther was attacked by another incarcerated man at the facility and later escorted to the health care unit for treatment. He was transported to the area hospital for further treatment “due to the nature of his injuries,” the spokesperson said.
Later on Tuesday, Adams, Towns, and Lucas were involved in a physical altercation with weapons, according to the spokesperson, who added that Adams was treated onsite, while Lucas required transportation to an area hospital “for further assessment.”
That same Tuesday, Williams was attacked with a weapon by a group of incarcerated individuals. He was treated onsite for his injuries.
St. Clair County Correctional facility is a “close security” establishment that houses over a thousand incarcerated men in a space meant for 984. At least ten individuals have been the victim of an “inmate-on-inmate” assault in the month of October in their latest statistical report.
The ADOC does not report the number of deaths per month for the facility, with at least ten individuals dying since September of this year.
The U.S. Justice Department, in their ongoing lawsuit with the ADOC and the state of Alabama, alleges that the chronic understaffing of correctional guards in the prison system has directly led to increased incidents of violence and death among the state’s incarcerated population.