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Incarcerated person believed to have escaped found under another person’s bed

This incident might have been a false alarm, but there have been multiple “security incidents” lately in ADOC facilities. 


On Tuesday, sources told APR that a 60-year-old individual was believed to have escaped from an Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) facility. He ended up being found under another person’s bed asleep.

The incident occurred at Bullock Correctional Facility. The individual was able to escape his own cell around 1 p.m. and was found Wednesday morning after falling asleep under another person’s bed. Sources said the man previously attempted to escape and has mental health problems.

According to sources, there were Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) personnel and dogs sent to the facility still looking for the individual at 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

APR has reached out to ADOC for comment on the incident. However, despite the individual not actually escaping there have been multiple “security incidents” lately in ADOC facilities. 

On Aug. 7, another incarcerated individual originally escaped from Staton Correctional Facility. That person, Jordan Thomas, was free for almost a week until he was recaptured in Montgomery on Aug. 14. Thomas was convicted of murder for the death of Dennis Johnson in 2012.

On Aug. 13, Derrol Shaw created a “security incident” according to ADOC after posting on Facebook Live wearing a correctional officer’s vest and posing with a gun. The incident occurred at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility, which is a maximum security facility. Shaw forced ADOC to initiate a statewide lockdown for all of their facilities.

APR initially reported that Shaw got into a conflict with a guard leading to Shaw taking the officer’s vest and presumably his gun. However, new information APR has received suggests the gun came from a woman who is also a guard at the facility. 

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Shaw supposedly took the guard hostage however, ADOC has refuted this despite multiple sources inside stating there was indeed a hostage. During the incident, Shaw, who was convicted of murder, never harmed anyone aside from the altercation with the officer.

Shaw discussed how the prisons were modern-day slavery and he was tired of the constant “chaos, death and violence.” Shaw was assaulted in 2021 by correctional officers. Shaw was eventually subdued and arrested for his actions and transported to Kilby Correctional Facility.

Shaw’s charges include certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm, prison contraband and terroristic threats.

“They killing us, they create the conditions so that we die all the time,” Shaw said. “…And I’m just supposed to go for that until I die? No, not me, not I…It’s just chaos, absolute chaos, every single day. Chaos, violence and death every single day.”

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

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