Last week it was reported that a 29-year-old Florida Death Row inmate was found dead in his cell. William Davis was found alone and unresponsive in his cell at the Union Correctional Institution in Raiford on Monday afternoon, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
According to a blog run by another inmate on death row, Davis’s death was intentional. On his blog, William Van Poyck writes:
“About three days ago a guy on the row named Willie Davis hung himself over at the main death row unit at UCI, across the river. Suicide is a common last resort to the despondent and/or mentally ill on death row. Then today, on E wing (housing close management prisoners, not D/R) a guy dove head first over the second floor rail, handcuffed behind his back, landing on his head and splitting open his skull. He was life-lighted out of here in critical condition. This guy was known to be mentally unstable. This prison is a warehouse, they just stick guys in these solitary confinement cells, locked down 24/7 for years and years, virtually devoid of any property, with no help or programs available, so their mental deterioration is inevitable…”
I should mention there’s no official confirmation of this information, as the only details the DOC released are that there were no suspects in the death and privacy laws prevent them from divulging more.
“At this point, we cannot comment further on the particulars of the death,” a DOC official said in a statement. “It is the protocol of the department to investigate the circumstances surrounding every inmate death.”