CLAYTON, Ala. — A former Alabama corrections officer faces 20 years in prison for charges surrounding the beating of an inmate who later died from his injuries.
Matthew Davidson, a former corrections officer at Ventress Corrections Factility in Clayton, Ala., and two other officers were charged with for an August 4 incident where a prisoner was beaten after an altercation with a staff member, according to Security Management.
Davidson admitted to beating Rocrast Mack, an inmate serving time for selling cocaine, in the prison yard, then handcuffing him and taking him into an office to beat him again. Two other officers joined in with batons. Mack was taken to the prison hospital, where it is alleged that he was grabbed from his bed by his handcuffs and "repeatedly stomped on by the supervisor."
The officers allegedly tried to cover up the crimes by lying on official reports and later to investigators. It was then revealed at a later date that Mack's death was part of a much larter pattern of misconduct at Vantress.