Family of Murder Victim Files Suit Against Juvenile Correctional Facility



On August 7, 2019, the family of Van Johnson filed a lawsuit against Van Johnson’s killers and the for-profit correctional facility in Madison, Alabama who allowed the two attackers to escape from confinement. 

TSI Sequel of Alabama operates a for-profit correctional facility in Madison, Alabama. The for-profit correctional facility operates under the names “Three Springs” and “Sequel TSI Madison”. The correctional facility is located in a residential area. Over one thousand Madison residents live within two miles of the correctional facility. 

The correctional facility detains aggressive young men who have a history of violence. According to Sequel’s website, the Madison correctional facility confines males, ages 12 to 18 years old with impulsive behavior tendencies, problems with anger and aggression, and a low degree of empathy, and are non-compliant with authority. 

The correctional facility repeatedly allowed inmates to escape throughout 2017. On August 14, 2017, two inmates were allowed to escape from the Three Springs correctional facility. The two inmates then walked less than one mile to the Publix grocery located on County Line Road where they robbed and beat Van Johnson to death. 

Even after this horrendous crime, Three Springs has continued to allow inmates to escape confinement. Two weeks ago, on July 25, 2019, three more inmates escaped from Three Springs correctional facility. Luckily, Madison police officers were able to apprehend the escapees before anyone was harmed. 

The Johnson family has filed this lawsuit against Sequel TSI of Alabama to find out why Three Springs has repeatedly allowed inmates to escape and to hold Sequel TSI accountable for the escape of its two inmates and the brutal murder of Van Johnson. 

If you have any information on Sequel TSI of Alabama and its Three Springs correctional facility, please contact the lawyers at Warren & Simpson.