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  • ** FILE ** With the state prison in the background, about a dozen death penalty opponents pray as they await the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Florence, Ariz. (AP Photo)

    Arizona governor orders 'full review' after execution takes nearly two hours

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a "full review" from the Department of Corrections after the Thursday execution of convicted double murderer Joseph Randolph Wood took nearly two hours.


  • Oregon prison officers can be armed on commute

    Starting next month, correctional officers can be armed as they commute to work at Oregon's prisons, and the Department of Corrections plans to install gun lockers so the officers don't have to leave weapons in their vehicles.


  • Lawmaker pushes for alternative execution method

    A state lawmaker is pushing for Louisiana to consider alternatives to lethal injection in response to a nationwide shortage of the drugs used to execute prisoners.


  • South Dakota, tribe finalize plan to serve parole

    South Dakota and Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal officials finalized an agreement on a pilot program for tribal members to serve parole at home on the reservation.


  • FILE - This May 1990 file booking photo provided by the New Rochelle, N.Y., police department, shows Robert Kosilek, arrested on drunken driving charges. Kosilek was convicted for the May 1990 murder of his wife, and now lives as a woman named Michelle Kosilek, in a Massachusetts prison serving a life sentence for murder. State prison officials will argue before a federal appeals court Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Boston, that the state should not have to pay for sex change surgery for Kosilek. A federal judge ruled in 2012 the state Department of Correction must provide surgery to treat Kosilek's gender-identity disorder. (AP Photo/New Rochelle Police Department, File)

    Prison officials: Inmate doesn't need sex change

    Massachusetts prison officials on Thursday made another push to overturn a court ruling that would force them to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation to a murder convict with gender-identity disorder.


  • Okla. House, Senate panels approve prison funding

    House and Senate legislative committees have approved $13 million in supplemental funding to help Oklahoma's prison system pay for operational costs for the rest of the fiscal year that ends June 30.


  • FILE - This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. Oklahoma prison officials halted the execution of Lockett Tuesday, April 29, 2014,  after the delivery of a new three-drug combination failed to go as planned. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Lockett had an apparent heart attack more than 40 minutes after the start of the execution. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)

    Unused dose of lethal Oklahoma drugs to be tested

    Samples of the same drugs used in a botched execution that was stopped after the inmate convulsed and tried to lift his head will be tested as part of an investigation into his death, a probe that could result in Oklahoma executions being halted for months, officials said Friday.


  • Sam Jennings with Oklahoma Coalition Against the Death Penalty holds a sign protesting the death penalty at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, Tuesday April 29, 2014. Oklahoma prison officials halted the execution of an inmate after the delivery of a new three-drug combination on Tuesday failed to go as planned. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Gooch)

    Oklahoma inmate dies after execution is botched

    A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate's eventual death from a heart attack.


  • Court finds tobacco ban violates inmates' rights

    An appellate court has ruled that a tobacco ban in South Dakota prisons violates the constitutional rights of Native American inmates, affirming the 2012 ruling of District Judge Karen Schreier that was appealed by the state's Department of Corrections last year.


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