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ADOC incarcerated deaths, water shortage problems

As another year comes to a close, the deaths of incarcerated people continue.

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Two incarcerated individuals passed away over the last several days and the water went out at one Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) facility.

On Christmas Eve, an incarcerated individual named Davon Warren died at Bibb Correctional Facility. Warren was set to be released from prison on January 9, just 16 days away from the day he passed.

“On Sunday, December 24, 2023, an inmate death was reported at Bibb Correctional Facility,” ADOC responded. “Inmate Davon Warren was discovered unresponsive in his bed. He was transferred to the Health Care Unit where life-saving measures were attempted but were unsuccessful. Warren was pronounced deceased by the attending physician.”

On Dec. 26, Eric Payne who was incarcerated at  Donaldson Correctional Facility also died. According, to a statement from ADOC Payne was found unresponsive in his bed.

“On Tuesday, December 26, 2023, an inmate death was reported at Donaldson Correctional Facility,” ADOC said. “Inmate Eric Payne was discovered unresponsive in his bed. He was transferred to the Health Care Unit where life-saving measures were unsuccessful. Payne was pronounced deceased by the attending physician.“

ADOC’s Law Enforcement Services Division is investigating both Payne and Warren’s deaths.

APR also received reports of water going out at Childersburg Work Release that prevented the use of toilets, sinks and washing of clothes. The water went out on Christmas and allegedly surrounding churches attempted to donate water to the facility but were denied by ADOC. APR asked ADOC about the problem and on Dec. 26 they stated that the water was back on and the Childersburg staff obtained water from the local fire department.

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“A contracting company that is working on pipes on the main highway that the facility is on had hit a water main causing the water to be off at the facility, as well as multiple businesses and homes on the main road,” ADOC said. “As of right now, the water is back on to the facility and the contractors have fixed the pipes that were broken. Childersburg staff reached out to the Childersburg Fire Department and attained approximately 300 gallons of water to help with properly flushing the toilets until the water was restored.”

As another year comes to a close, the deaths of incarcerated people continue.

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

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