Lieutenant Luther F. Fails

Lieutenant Luther F. Fails

Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama

End of Watch Tuesday, March 12, 1974

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Luther F. Fails

Lieutenant Fails was stabbed to death at Holman Prison by an inmate. He and two other guards were escorting a 24-year-old inmate from the exercise yard back to his cell when he suddenly attacked them with a knife. Another guard killed the inmate with a blow to his head.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Killed

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i grew up with officer fails and his 2 boys and girl he was a great man and a terrible loss to alabama prison system and mostly more to his family

c.o.1 ronald johnson
correctional officer1,holman corr. center

August 29, 2015

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