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Fifth incarcerated man confirmed dead at St. Clair prison since January

Eight incarcerated individuals have been confirmed dead in state custody so far this month.

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

An incarcerated man was reported dead on Sunday at St. Clair Correctional Facility, according to a spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Paul Lee, a 31-year-old incarcerated man at the facility, was found unresponsive in his dorm last Sunday, the department spokesperson said on Wednesday. Initially, after medical staff responded to Lee’s cell, they detected a slight pulse and transported him directly to the health care unit.

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

As with all cases of death in ADOC facilities, the Law Enforcement Services Division of the ADOC is investigating the surrounding circumstances of Lee’s death, with the results of an official autopsy yet to be released.

Lee is the first confirmed death at St. Clair Correctional Facility this month, with five total now confirmed fatalities at the facility since the beginning of the year.

Those deaths at St. Clair Correctional Facility since January include:

  • Corey Jerome Johnson, 49-years-old, on Jan. 11.
  • Timothy Sanderson, 57-years-old, on Feb. 5.
  • Michael James Hubbard, 46-years-old, and Michael Joe White, 45-years-old, both on Feb. 22.
  • O. C. Borden, Jr, 55-years-old, on Feb. 25.

Eight incarcerated individuals have been confirmed dead in state custody so far this month, marking a total of 31 fatalities among the state’s incarcerated population since the beginning of the year. These are likely undercounts of the true death toll for the first three months of 2023. 

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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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