Attorney, family ask for feds to investigate Alvin S. Glenn after inmate found dead
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - An attorney for the family of an inmate that was found dead by jail staff at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center has announced that they will be suing over conditions and violations of the man’s civil rights.
Lason Butler, 27, of Orangeburg, was identified by Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department reported that Butler was found on the morning of February 12. RCSD personnel responded and began an investigation.
The attorney for Butler’s family, Bakari Sellers said in a briefing that Butler died in the solitary confinement area of the detention center and had rat bites on his body.
Butler did not appear to have any signs of trauma, according to deputies.
“Lason Butler should be alive today,” Sellers, attorney at Strom Law Firm, said. “But because of the deliberate indifference of Richland County and the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, this young man died alone in a jail cell, the latest casualty of a system that doesn’t care and doesn’t work.”
Attorney Stewart Andrews said that his firm has been looking at conditions at SCDC jails. Andrews said that Butler’s death shows a crisis in Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Butler’s family said that Lason was in trucking school and was on his way to a career in transportation.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating Butler’s death, this story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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