Alabama reports first COVID-19 death of a prison inmate

Apr 19, 2020

The first Alabama prisoner has died after testing positive for the new coronavirus. The state Department of Corrections announced the death and confirmed two other COVID-19 cases among inmates. The announcement of the first death came after concerns by inmate advocates and health experts that the virus could be particularly dangerous in overcrowded and unsanitary state prisons. The state prison chief said the system is implementing containment strategies. Inmates at St. Clair and Bullock prisons have been quarantined.