But according to a lawsuit against the state's Department of Corrections, his life is cut short when he was stabbed inside his cell, dragged into the prison yard by correctional officers and left to die. New York's Eve 2017.
"Allen did something wrong," Dickson said Thursday. He wanted to make his time because he did not know he was wrong. "
Capers' final moments were caught in disturbing surveillance footage and released by the family's attorney, Justin Bamberg. The footage shows Capers struggling to get his feet down and falling to the ground. Over the course of the video, Capers was approached by correctional officers several times, but he was not given medical treatment.
"It's not a death sentence just because you're going to prison," Dickson said. "You go to prison, you get reformed and you come back into society."
"They're still human beings," she said of the inmates, for whom she's hoping to be an advocate. They still have rights. "
South Carolina Department of Corrections spokeswoman Chrysti Shain said in a statement," More should have done to help and make this offender. "
"The matter is under criminal investigation," Shain said, "and the actions of the staff are under internal review for disciplinary actions."
The murdered Capers.
The family's wrongful death lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Corrections accuses the agency of gross negligence for "failing to prevent the brutal attack". It also claims that the employees of a prisoner's office have failed to make a medical emergency.
In Thursday's news conference, Bamberg alleged that inmates were somehow able to obtain keys from a correctional officer. He did not offer additional details on how to do that, citing ongoing court proceedings.
The inmates allegedly opened Capers' cell and stabbed him "times times" in the head, neck, stomach and hand, the lawsuit says.
According to Bamberg, a guard came into the dorm, saw Capers lying in a pool of blood and took him out to the prison yard while other inmates were fighting.
At the time the camera is under construction, it's not clear how long Capers has been in the yard , The video, obtained by Bamberg and first reported by NBC, is more than 36 minutes long. Bamberg said Capers was in the yard for about 45 minutes to an hour.
The footage shows Capers was left alone for extended periods. Correctional officers and inmates always approach him, but each time, he's left in the yard alone, appearing on the ground and crawling towards the prison.
About 26 minutes into the video, two inmates attempt to get Capers into a wheelchair, but they're not to, and leave him once again.
Four inmates appear with a stretcher eight minutes later, and they become a prison guard.
Death is preventable, attorney says
According to the lawsuit, Capers was finally given medical aid "several hours later when they took him to the in-house medical facility."
At that point, however, he was unresponsive and had no pulse, the lawsuit says. Capers was placed on the floor and died.
Bamberg, who is so a state Representative, tied Capers' death to the larger issue of prison reform in South Carolina. He urged changes to the system, including the issues of inmates' medical care and safety.
He credited the Department of Corrections' current director Bryan Stirling for making "a valiant effort" to try to address issues that had been in place when he took the helm of the department.
"There are just too many problems that have been longed for," he added.
"Things like safety, things like changing the locking system, things like having a proper staffing – all said," he said.