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Two more incarcerated individuals died on Wednesday

The death toll continues to rise for incarcerated individuals in Alabama prisons.

Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.
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Two more incarcerated individuals died Wednesday in Alabama Department of Corrections Facilities, including one by suicide. 

Michael Fox, according to reliable sources, died by suicide in the kitchen bathroom at Fountain Correctional Facility. Fox was being repeatedly extorted and beaten by one or more incarcerated individuals and had asked the warden, Terry Rabon, to be moved. However, his request was never granted and Fox was beaten just prior to him taking his own life, according to sources.

Rabon was at the facility when it happened and sources told APR Fox’s death is being investigated by an Alabama Correctional Law Enforcement Division Agent because the incident is likely the result of him being assaulted.

APR reached out to ADOC regarding the incident but the public state agency still has not responded as of this article’s publication. Fox had only 2 years left of a 10-year sentence he was serving.

The other individual who died was Edward King at St. Clair Correctional Facility. King is likely to have died by natural causes according to sources familiar with his passing. King was elderly at either 68 or 69 years old.

The death toll continues to rise for incarcerated individuals as the number is now approximately 116 but is still likely an undercount. ADOC is supposed to release quarterly statistical reports and those reports indicate the number of deaths they are either investigating or have closed investigations for.

ADOC’s third quarter report was supposed to be released on June 30 yet it is now August. Even with that new report it will still only account for the deaths that had occurred up until June and would not include July and August. However, it would likely provide a more accurate assessment of the death toll so far this year

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Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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