Five Correction Department inmates have died since Jan. 1, 2015. There were 56 Arkansas prison deaths in 2014.
Ouachita River Correctional Center inmate Floyd Summerville, 64, died at 7:29 p.m. Wednesday at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Allen Evans, 70, who was an inmate at Ouachita River Correctional Center in Malvern, died 5:46 a.m. Friday.
‘The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was not notified of Summerville’s Wednesday-night death until after 9 p.m. Thursday. When asked why the notification was not more immediate,Correction spokeperson said she was waiting Wednesday to notify Summerville’s family. She said she “forgot” Thursday to send the notification because she had spent “most of the day at the Capitol.’