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57-year-old incarcerated man dies at Staton Correctional Facility

No further information was given as to the circumstances surrounding the death.


An incarcerated man at Staton Correctional Facility died on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Steve T. Cliff, a 57-year-old incarcerated man at the Elmore County facility, was discovered unresponsive in his dorm on Tuesday, the spokesperson said. Cliff was later transported to the Health Care Unit within the facility for treatment on Tuesday.

“Life-saving measures were administered, but medical staff was unable to resuscitate him, and he was pronounced deceased by the attending physician,” the spokesperson said.

No further information was given as to the circumstances surrounding the death.

The Law Enforcement Services Division of the ADOC is investigating Cliff’s death, with an official cause of death to be released pending the conclusion of the division’s investigation.

The death comes as Staton Correctional Facility has recently begun to open back up following a tuberculosis scare that has left the facility on quarantine since the end of November. At the end of February, at least 41 individuals came back positive for latent tuberculosis, which is not contagious and shows no symptoms, a source within the Alabama corrections system said.

Dr. Burnestine Taylor, assistant state health officer for communicable disease with the Alabama Department of Health, said in an interview with APR on Friday that only a single individual was found to have an active case of tuberculosis. Dr. Taylor had approved the prison to be opened, according to the ADOC.

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Since the lockdown, at least six incarcerated men have been reported dead at Staton Correctional Facility.

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

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