Death in jail unrelated to COVID

Escambia County (Ala.) confirms there have been inmates who tested positive

Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff Heath Jackson said the death of an inmate in the detention center on July 23 was not related to COVID-19 but did confirm 10 to 13 inmates in the Brewton facility had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Jackson said jail staff was conducting a cell check on July 23 when they found the unresponsive inmate.

“The inmate was pronounced deceased at the scene from what appeared to be natural causes,” Jackson said.

Jackson also said as normal protocol for all in-custody deaths, Alabama Law Enforcement Agents with the State Bureau of Investigations are conducting the inv...