A Birmingham inmate has died after falling ill while in custody. Colony Nicole Wilson was serving 20 years for aggravated child abuse when she passed away. On May 11th Wilson reported that she was feeling ill and was immediately taken to the medical clinic. Afterward, she was transported to St. Vincent’s Emergency Room. At 10:24 in the morning, officials declared her dead.
Now the Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates has made a public statement that there are questionable or concerning circumstances with Wilson’s death. The circumstances have prompted an investigation of the Alabama Department of Corrections Investigations an Intelligence. Wilson had spent her time at the Birmingham Women’s Community Based Facility and Work Center.
An Alabama Department of Corrections spokesperson advised the public that foul play is not a matter of concern here. However, there are issues that are worth investigating, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wilson had come into contact with an inmate or staff member who had tested positive for COVIDD-19. However, she was not placed under quarantine after the exposure and was not tested because she did not display any symptoms. COVID-19 concerns will be part of the investigation into Wilson’s death.
The ongoing discussions about how to handle prisoners that may have had exposure to COVID-19 or someone who has tested positive is till of hot debate. Exactly how can you separate or segment prisoners without infringing upon other elements of their daily life. The example with Wilson is that she was working in a work center as part of her sentence. It was part of her daily life. At this point, there’s a lot that is not known about handling this pandemic and other illnesses among inmates.
Wilson’s charges were discussed from the Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. They acknowledged that Wilson was sentenced to 20 years in 2005 and had served 14 years of that sentence.
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