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Another incarcerated person escapes as deaths continue in ADOC

Since last week there have also been multiple deaths at several ADOC facilities.

A sign outside of Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.

Early Tuesday morning an incarcerated individual escaped from an Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) work release facility. And since last week several more incarcerated people have died in ADOC prisons.

The individual who escaped is named Pershon O’Neal Pettway and he escaped from Childersburg Work Release at approximately 3:32 a.m. on Tuesday according to an escape report from ADOC. Pettway was sentenced in November 2022 for the offense of receiving stolen property in the second degree. He was scheduled to be released on July 12, 2024, less than a year from today.

The most recent escape occurred in August when Jordan Thomas fled Staton Correctional Facility. Thomas was eventually re-captured a week later in Montgomery.

Since last week there have also been multiple deaths at several ADOC facilities. On Aug. 31, John Ward died and was found unresponsive in his cell at Holman Correctional Facility.

Sources told APR that Jimmy Ray Capps died at Bibb Correctional Facility on Sunday from a likely drug overdose. On Sept. 1 Derwin Kennemer was also found unresponsive and later pronounced dead at Elmore Correctional Facility. And again on Aug. 31 Glynn Sasser died at Fountain Correctional Facility.

According to sources, there were at least two more deaths but the identities of the individuals are yet to be confirmed.

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

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