The family of the murdered inmate speaks

ANDALUSIA, Ala. (WSFA) – A family is outraged by the death of an inmate inside the Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County.

The Alabama Department of Correction reported that Denarieya Smith was serving a life sentence for attempted murder outside Covington County when she was beaten and stabbed by another inmate on October 18. 1.

Hazel Bryant, chair of the NAACP Covington County chapter, described Smith’s death as unwarranted.

“The fact that (he) can be killed, presumably in government safe custody, is just as scandalous,” Bryant said.

Smith’s family attorney, Joel Caldwell, said at a press conference Friday morning that he was informed of his death via a text message from another inmate.

“The guards did not arrive and responded in a timely manner, despite numerous attempts by inmates screaming for help as DL (Denariyea) bled on the floor,” Caldwell said.

The family says Smith indicated that there were problems inside the prison the last time they contacted him.

“His calls for help fell on deaf ears,” Caldwell said. “There are too many unanswered questions at this point.”

The lawyer mentioned Smith’s 32 deaths to Donaldson in the year 2022, calling it “deeply disturbing.”

Bryant added that the government should take a closer look at the prison system to make sure detainees are treated humanely.

Caldwell and other Birmingham-based Corey Watson Attorneys are reviewing the case law on convict-to-convict violence to determine whether state or federal courts will hear the case.

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