An Alabama prisoner who died after two days of alleged rape and torture, a fortnight earlier than being freed, requested individuals to ‘pray for me’ in his final social media put up as he regarded ahead to being launched.
Daniel Williams, 22, was serving a 12-month sentence for second-degree theft at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama when a warden discovered him unresponsive in his dorm on October 22.
Whereas the jail mentioned he died of a drug overdose, his household have been advised that dad-of-two Williams was ‘kidnapped, certain, assaulted and bought out’ by one other inmate for ‘two or three days’.
On October 15, Williams wrote on his Fb web page: ‘How each physique doing.
‘I ain’t obtained to for much longer left, pray for me, I am coming house higher then I used to be earlier than, drug free. It has been a loopy trip, 3 totally different prisons now. It is nearly over.’
It is unclear how he was capable of entry the web whereas in jail.
Daniel Williams, 22, was serving a 12-month sentence for second-degree theft at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama when a warden discovered him unresponsive in his dorm on October 22. Williams was declared mind useless upon his hospital arrival and was supplied palliative care. He was taken off life help on November 5 and died 4 days later
Inside one of many rooms at ADOC’s Staton Correctional Facility – the place Williams was being held
Williams was declared mind useless upon his hospital arrival and was supplied palliative care. He was taken off life help on November 5 and died 4 days later.
At the very least 12 jail cops at Staton Correctional Facility – together with adjoining Elmore and Draper prisons – have been arrested for assaulting inmates within the final two years.
Federal investigators have additionally been probing the state of Alabama and its prisons since a scathing lawsuit was lodged by the Division of Justice in 2019.
Amber Williams, Daniel’s fiancée advised WVTM: ‘I went to the hospital and the nurses advised me that he was assaulted and overwhelmed actually badly. And after I went into the room, had bruises all down his arm, like right down to his fingers, he had bruises over right here. He had cuts up and down and bruises on his legs. And it was dangerous.’
Talking of their little one collectively, Amber added: ‘How am I supposed to inform her about her daddy? Like, why is not he right here? Why did not he ever come house?’
The prisoner’s father Terry Williams and step-mother Taylor Bostic additionally allege that their son’s physique confirmed indicators of bodily abuse, together with that ‘his arms have been certain’.
The couple claims Williams’ physician described the alleged abuse as in contrast to something he had ever seen all through his 30-year medical profession.
He’s pictured together with his fiancee, Amber Williams. She visited him in hospital whereas he was mind useless, and mentioned that he was coated in bruises from being assaulted
Williams leaves behind his kids and his fiancee, Amber
His household was not notified of his hospitalization till three days later, on October 25. They then visited him on the facility and noticed bruises and accidents indicative of assault on his physique. Williams is pictured together with his little one
The warden reportedly advised his household that Williams (pictured) suffered a ‘drug overdose’, however insiders on the jail declare he had been ‘kidnapped, certain, assaulted and bought out’ by one other inmate for ‘two or three days’
Bostic mentioned: ‘Went to see him. He is overwhelmed and bruised up, and you may inform the place his arms have been certain. I imply, you possibly can inform it is clearly not a drug overdose.
‘And that is when [Terry] known as the warden and requested him why the hell he advised us that his son is dying from a drug overdose when it is clearly assault.
‘And all he might say after that was it is underneath investigation.’
Along with bruising and obvious binding, Bostic claims a nurse advised her and Mr Williams that there have been ‘seen hand print bruises between Daniel’s legs’.
The household mentioned they requested for a rape equipment to be performed however claims their request was initially denied. They allege hospital employees lastly examined him on November 1 after a lawyer obtained concerned. The outcomes of the equipment are, as but, unclear.
The hospital eliminated Williams from life help on November 5, and the 22-year-old was transferred to a medical ward at Kilby Correctional Heart on November 9.
He died shortly after his arrival.
Terry Williams, his father, additionally mentioned that he wasn’t capable of increase sufficient cash to bury his son. As a substitute, he can be cremated.
He wrote on social media: ‘I’ll let everybody know date and time as soon as they inform me. Thanks everybody I actually recognize all the pieces.
‘Daniel Terry Williams fly excessive son, hold mother and granny firm justice can be served. I really like you son, until we meet once more.’
His mom Tammy wrote on-line: ‘My world my all the pieces is gone why why why I promise you son I’ll take all the pieces in my energy to get justice for you.
‘You did not deserve any of this, they took you away from me, they took you away out of your spouse, your daughter. You requested me on a regular basis to please be careful on your daughter I promise you son I can be right here for the each of them.
‘Your pretty stunning daughter, you are stunning spouse, and I am going to do all the pieces I can I am right here for you son, I am right here on your daughter, I am right here on your spouse.
‘On a regular basis I discuss to you to please simply keep watch over them do not let nothing occur to them, I promise you I’d and I nonetheless will. I really like you Daniel you are my sunshine, my solely sunshine, they usually took you away however I am going to see you quickly child doll.
‘I really like you, you may see me actual quickly, I really like you to the moon and again.’
Daniel Williams, 22, was serving a 12-month sentence for second-degree theft at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama
Daniel Williams and his fiancee, Amber. His household mentioned that they weren’t capable of increase sufficient cash to bury Daniel. As a substitute, he can be cremated.
An image Daniel posted of himself in Could
The Alabama Division of Corrections mentioned in a press release: ‘On Thursday, November 9, 2023, an inmate demise was reported at Kilby Correctional Facility.
‘Inmate Daniel Terry Williams was discovered unresponsive within the Well being Care Unit. Medical employees tried to revive him, however they have been unable to resuscitate him, and he was pronounced deceased by the attending doctor.
‘On Sunday, October 22, 2023, a doable inmate-on-inmate assault was reported at Staton Correctional Facility.
‘Inmate Williams was found unresponsive in his dorm and was transported to the Well being Care Unit. Medical personnel handled Williams and monitored his situation.
‘The choice was made to switch him to an space hospital for additional analysis and remedy. He remained on the hospital till the household determined to take away him from life help.
‘He was transported to Kilby Correctional Facility for long-term consolation care the place he subsequently died. The ADOC Regulation Enforcement Providers Division is investigating the incident.’
Staton Correctional Facility – the place Williams was being held – has a fraught historical past.
This follows ongoing federal investigations into the violence in Alabama prisons. In 2019, the Division of Justice launched a report alleging jail situations violated inmate’s civil rights.
The report alleged that the state didn’t take sufficient measures to stop inmate-on-inmate violence and sexual abuse, failure to guard them from extreme pressure by employees, and failure to offer protected situations of confinement.
The DOJ sued Alabama for its ‘unsafe’ jail situations in 2020.
Based on the lawsuit, Alabama violated the eighth and 14th amendments by failing to stop prisoner-on-prisoner violence and sexual abuse.
In addition they allegedly failed to guard prisoners from the usage of extreme pressure by safety employees, and by failing to offer protected bodily situations of confinement.
As a part of the lawsuit, they inspected Alabama’s 13 males’s prisons over 24 days and organized interviews with 1,000 inmates.
The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a nonprofit group that advocates for inmates’ rights, has branded Williams’ demise as ‘tragic’ and ‘preventable’, alleging that circumstances like his happen ‘all too continuously in Alabama’s prisons’.
The EJI additionally argues that it ‘many circumstances’ medical emergencies are dismissed by jail employees as ‘intoxicated’ or being the inmates’ ‘on fault’. The advocacy group claims that always occasions deaths might have been prevented if the ‘individual been handled in time’.
In February this 12 months, a scathing lawsuit lodged by the household of an inmate claimed that he froze to demise at Walker County Jail in Alabama – after he was stored bare in a concrete cell and consider he was additionally positioned in a freezer or different frigid surroundings.
Anthony Don Mitchell, 33, arrived at a hospital emergency room with a physique temperature of 72 levels – wildly under the bodily common of 98.6 levels.
An emergency room physician, who tried unsuccessfully to revive Mitchell, wrote, ‘I do consider hypothermia was the last word explanation for his demise,’ in accordance with the lawsuit filed by Mitchell’s mom in federal courtroom.
Jail video reveals Mitchell, who was mentally in poor health, was stored bare in a concrete-floored isolation cell, in accordance with the lawsuit.
The swimsuit speculated that Mitchell was additionally positioned within the jail kitchen’s ‘walk-in freezer or comparable frigid surroundings and left there for hours’ as a result of his physique temperature was so low.
On the opposite finish of the spectrum, in December 2022 one other federal lawsuit was filed by the household of a deceased Alabama inmate, who they declare died after being ‘baked’ in his jail cell.
Thomas Lee Rutledge, 44, died of hyperthermia on December 7, 2020, within the psychological well being ward at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama.
Rutledge was discovered unresponsive with a physique temperature of 109 levels in a cell reported to be between 101 to 104 levels, the swimsuit mentioned.
The swimsuit accused jail employees, wardens and contractors of ‘deliberate indifference and malice’ in his demise.