Two officers on leave amid investigation into inmate's death

Dec 9, 2019

Two Alabama prison officers are on leave as the department probes the use of force in the death of a state inmate.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said it is investigating the alleged use of force that resulted in the death of an inmate at Ventress Correctional Facility inmate. 

Fifty-five-year-old Michael Smith of Fairfield, died Dec. 5 after being removed from life support following a November incident at the prison. 

The prison system said it is also investigating the death of another inmate at Holman Correctional Facility.