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Two incarcerated men die in state custody over the last week

Michael Joe White and Reginald Rashard Davis were both confirmed dead between Feb. 15, and Feb. 22

St. Clair Correctional Facility near Springville, Alabama. Google Earth

Two individuals have died in state prisons over the last week, according to statements from the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Michael Joe White, a 45-year-old incarcerated man at St. Clair Correctional Facility, and Reginald Rashard Davis, a 41-year-old incarcerated man at Staton Correctional Facility, were both confirmed dead at their respective facilities between Feb. 15, and Feb. 22, according to a spokesperson from the ADOC.

On Wednesday, White was found unresponsive in his cell at the Elmore County facility, the department spokesperson said, and later rushed to the prison health care unit after correctional staff attempted life-saving measures on him. Medical staff continued those life-saving measures but were unsuccessful in reviving White. He was pronounced dead later that same day.

Exactly one week prior, Reginald Davis went into the Health Care Unit at Staton Correctional Facility complaining of respiratory issues. After an evaluation by medical staff, and treatment, his condition continued to deteriorate.

At some point on Wednesday, he was pronounced dead. No further information was given as to the manner of his death.

As with any death within the state correctional system, the Law Enforcement Services Division of the ADOC is investigating the surrounding circumstances of the two incidents, with an official cause of death in both deaths pending an autopsy.

The deaths of both White and Davis mark the sixth and seventh death so far confirmed in February within the Alabama corrections system.

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

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