A spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed on Wednesday the death of an incarcerated individual at Staton Correctional facility.
Brandon Taylor, a 39-year-old incarcerated man at the Elmore County facility, was found unresponsive in his bed on Dec. 27, and later taken to the healthcare unit within the facility for treatment of an unspecified illness.
Life-saving measures were attempted on Taylor but proved unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead later that same day by medical staff at the facility.
The ADOC’s Law Enforcement Services Division, which is the inner-departmental entity responsible for investigating deaths in Alabama prisons, is conducting a review of the circumstances surrounding Taylor’s death.
According to previous confirmations provided by the ADOC, at least eight other individuals died within ADOC facilities in the month of December.
This includes Anthony Dewayne Ford, a second incarcerated man at Staton Correctional Facility, who died on Dec. 4 while being transported to an area hospital after complaining of chest pains to a shift officer at the Elmore County facility. He was 45.
A third individual from Staton Correctional Facility, Scott Allen Chatwood, also died earlier in December at Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery for treatment of “a series of health issues,” according to a statement from the department at the time. He was 35.
The department no longer reveals monthly statistics on deaths in state prisons, choosing instead to only release them within the quarterly reports sent to the joint oversight committee in the state legislature. Those reports are publicly available, but the most recent two quarters’ reports have yet to be released by the department.