By Lisa Phu
Alaska Beacon 

State reports 15th death this year of person in prison custody


October 12, 2022

Prison reform advocates are calling on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration to order an independent review of the state Department of Corrections. The department recently reported its 15th death this year of a person in custody death.

William Hensley III, 34, died Oct. 2at Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla after a month in custody.

With this death, Corrections matches the highest number of in-custody deaths the department has seen in the past decade. In 2015, 15 people died in Corrections custody.

“These are people and they’re dying at an alarming rate,” said Angela Hall, fo...

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