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Two officers on leave amid investigation into inmate's death

Ventress Prison in Clayton, AL (Source: WTVY)
Ventress Prison in Clayton, AL (Source: WTVY)(WTVY News 4)
Published: Dec. 10, 2019 at 10:12 AM CST
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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.

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