On this dayNov 28, 2015
Marreo Mitchell Stabbed to Death in Alabama Prison
Marreo Mitchell was killed in Donaldson Correctional Facility, one of Alabama’s maximum security prisons, on November 28, 2015 – becoming the last of seven men killed in Alabama prisons that year, the most lethal in the recorded history of the state’s prison system. Just 35 years old, Mr. Mitchell was stabbed to death during an “altercation” with several other incarcerated men.
Four of the seven homicides in Alabama prisons in 2015 homicides occurred in medium custody facilities and several of the victims were serving time for nonviolent offenses – including Mr. Mitchell. Alabama’s prison system was at 200 percent capacity with the highest rate of overcrowding in the country, and also chronically understaffed. These features are directly related to high rates of violence and danger, and contribute to the factors that made Alabama’s prison murder rate the nation’s highest.
The serious issues of overcrowding and under staffing exacerbate a brutal environment and lead to inhumane and illegal consequences of incarceration: abuse, assault, and even death. EJI filed a class action lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections challenging dangerous prison conditions in October 2014 and continues to monitor and litigate on this important issue.