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Three incarcerated die in two Alabama prisons in last week

Eleven incarcerated individuals have been confirmed dead so far in March.

Staton Correctional Facility and Draper Correctional Facility near Elmore, Alabama. GOOGLE EARTH
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Three incarcerated individuals at two separate state facilities died over the past week, according to a spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections on Monday.

With these most recent deaths, 11 incarcerated individuals have been confirmed dead so far this month.

Last Thursday, 49-year-old Scott Senn, an incarcerated man at Staton Correctional Facility, was discovered unresponsive in his dorm, according to the department spokesperson. Directly following the discovery of his unconscious body, Senn was transported to the Health Care Unit within the facility, the spokesperson said.

“Life-saving measures were administered, but medical staff were unable to resuscitate him, as were EMTs,” the spokesperson said on Monday. “He was pronounced deceased by the on-call physician.”

Two days following Senn’s death, Joseph Allen Gaines, a 57-year-old incarcerated man also at Staton Correctional Facility, was also found unresponsive on his bunk at the Elmore County facility, according to the department spokesperson.

Like Senn, Gaines was also transported to the Health Care Unit in the prison, where attending staff attempted but failed to revive him. He was pronounced dead later that same day.

On the same Saturday, roughly two hours to the south at Fountain Correctional Facility, Wondlas Mark Givens, a 59-year-old incarcerated man at the Atmore County facility, was found unresponsive in his bed, according to the department representative. Givens was then transported to the Health Care Unit for treatment, the spokesperson added.

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“Emergency treatment continued but medical staff was unable to resuscitate him,” The department spokesperson said. “He was ultimately pronounced deceased by a physician.”

Each case is being investigated by the Law Enforcement Services Division of the ADOC, with the cause of death in each to be released following the conclusion of the investigation and the result of a full autopsy.

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

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