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Incarcerated man reported dead at Donaldson Correctional Facility

Including this latest death, at least 12 incarcerated men have died in Alabama prisons in March.

William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County. Google Earth
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An incarcerated man was reported dead on Tuesday at Donaldson Correctional Facility, according to a spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Including this latest death, at least 12 incarcerated individuals, all men, have now been confirmed dead system-wide for the month of March according to previous statements from the ADOC.

James C. Nelson, a 57-year-old incarcerated man at Donaldson Correctional Facility, was found unresponsive at the facility on Sunday and soon-there-after taken to the health care unit for treatment, according to a department spokesperson on Wednesday. There, life-saving measures were administered by medical staff, but proved unsuccessful, the spokesperson said.

“He was pronounced deceased by an attending physician,” the spokesperson said on Wednesday. 

A report from the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office that same Wednesday said that the Law Enforcement Services Division of the ADOC is investigating Nelson’s death and that no foul play is suspected.

“According to the DOC Law Enforcement Services, foul play is not suspected in this case,” a spokesperson for the county coroner’s office said on Wednesday. “The circumstances surrounding the death are being investigated by DOC Law Enforcement Services.”

A source with knowledge of the incident involving Nelson said that his death was an overdose, but this has yet to be confirmed with the ADOC.

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Including Nelson’s death, 35 incarcerated men have now been confirmed dead in state custody so far in 2023. This total number of fatalities is likely an undercount.

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

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