Last week, several incarcerated individuals died at separate Alabama Department of Correction facilities.
According to the family of Robert Eaton, he passed away from an apparent overdose at Fountain Correctional Facility. No further details regarding Eaton or his passing are available at the moment.
On Thursday, Isaac Thomas passed away from another alleged overdose at Bibb County Correctional Facility. Both deaths indicate a continuous problem in terms of drug use and abuse across ADOC facilities.
The amount of deaths including overdoses and homicides that have occurred in ADOC facilities over the past year are still unknown. However, ADOC has not released a monthly report since August and the Fiscal Year 2023 Fourth Quarter ended on Sept. 30. Once ADOC releases that information it should give a more approximate indication of the deaths that have occurred over the past year in their facilities.
There have also already been reports of incarcerated individuals complaining about the falling temperatures and open windows in facilities. Specifically, at Donaldson Correctional Facility APR viewed messages of an incarcerated individual saying a correctional officer was letting them “suffer” by not turning the heat on. The individual said they were given blankets and jackets but it was still so cold that the incarcerated were “hurting”.
AL.com also reported about the falling temperatures and conditions facing the incarcerated.