An incarcerated man was confirmed dead on Wednesday at Donaldson Correctional Facility, with his death believed to be of natural causes, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s office.
Michael Wayne Perry, a 62-year-old incarcerated man at the Jefferson County facility, was found unresponsive in the prison infirmary by medical staff, the coroner’s office said in a statement on Thursday. Perry had been receiving treatment for “significant natural disease,” the statement added.
Perry’s death is believed to be of natural causes, with an examination conducted on Wednesday.
The Law Enforcement Services Division of the Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, as with all fatalities in state custody.
Perry is the second incarcerated individual confirmed dead in state custody so far this February, the first being Timothy Sanderson, a 57-year-old incarcerated man at St. Clair Correctional Facility who was found dead in the shower in his dorm on Sunday.
A source with knowledge of Sanderson’s death told APR that his death is believed to be an overdose, but this has yet to be confirmed by the ADOC.
Over the previous month, at least three other incarcerated individuals died at Donaldson Correctional Facility: Kevin Marcus Ritter, 33-years-old, Trenton Jamario White, 30-years-old, and Michael Theodore Medders, 61-years old.
At-least eleven total died in state custody in January, according to previous statements from the ADOC, with this number likely an undercount for the month.