Former Kentucky jail guard convicted of beating inmate who later died

    A former Kentucky jail guard was convicted of beating an inmate and leaving him lying with blood on his face, until another jail employee saw the victim and he was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead, officials said on Friday. A federal jury deliberated for an hour and a half before returning …

Milwaukee Inmate Died After Being Deprived of Water for 7 Days

Milwaukee Inmate Died After Being Deprived of Water for 7 Days By DANIEL VICTORAPRIL 25, 2017   Terrill Thomas had bipolar disorder, a lawyer for his estate said. Inmates, correction officers and investigators are testifying in Milwaukee this week to help determine whether jail employees will be charged with abuse in the dehydration death of …

DO PRISONERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIFE?

Sonni Quick Recently I watched a Conservative/Catholic news station on TV.  There was an interview with the executor of a religious political group. I failed to write down the names. There was a video of a meeting he participated in with Trump. This man's concern was if there was enough protection for the right to …

…47 persons have been put to death in Florida under an unconstitutional process

  HHarry Lee Anstead, My View 2:46 p.m. EST November 22, 2016 In January 2016, in a case called Hurst v. Florida, the United States Supreme Court held that Florida’s death penalty scheme was unconstitutional and violated the Sixth Amendment, pursuant to its decision in Ring v. Arizona. The Court held that Florida’s statutory scheme …

MotherJones.Com "My four months as a private prison guard", by Shane Bauer

Have you ever had a riot?" I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)."The last riot we had was two years ago," he says over the phone."Yeah, but that was with the Puerto Ricans!" says a woman's voice, cutting in. "We got rid of them.""When can you start?" …

What Happened To Gynnya McMillen?

A week after Gynnya McMillen died at the Lincoln Valley Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, police have yet to release a cause of death. The 16-year-old girl was found unresponsive in her holding cell on Monday, January 11th. McMillen had only been in the detention center for 24 hours following an altercation in …

Trouble Behind Bars: When Jail Deaths Go Unnoticed

  By: R.G. Dunlop October 5, 2015 HAZARD, Ky.—Larry Trent was just one of the 154 or more inmates who died in a Kentucky jail during the past 6½ years. Arrested on July 5, 2013, in his car outside a Hazard doughnut shop, the 54-year-old Trent told police he drank “about four beers and mouthwash” …

Regarding kendra sams – "lodged" at laurel county corrections" in kentucky…

  Ms. Kendra Sams,  29  years old, was being lodged at the Laurel County Corrections. According to Facebook posts she suffered a seizure on July 12th which caused her to fall from the top bunk in her cell and land on the floor.  She was not given medical attention at that time. At some point …

Prison operator sued in death of former marijuana provider

By Sanjay Talwani - MTN News Connect     HELENA - The widow of a former medical marijuana provider who died while serving time is suing the operator of Montana's only private prison. A federal lawsuit says Corrections Corporations of America failed to give the inmate (Flor) needed medical care while at its Crossroads Correctional …

La. prisoner released after 43 years in solitary confinement. How can he cope?

A federal judge ordered the unconditional release of Albert Woodfox on Monday, finding 'no valid conviction holding him in prison, let alone solitary confinement.' By Cristina Maza, Staff writer June 9, 2015   On Monday, a federal judge in Louisiana ordered the release of an inmate who has been in solitary confinement for more than …

U.S. man jailed for years without trial dies by suicide

The Associated Press Published Monday, June 8, 2015 7:36PM EDT NEW YORK -- New York's mayor on Monday lamented the suicide of a young man who spent three years as a teenager jailed without a trial for a crime he always denied committing. Kalief Browder, who was 22 when he hanged himself at his mother's …

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to re-evaluate how some states carry out lethal injections.

Next month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case which challenges Oklahoma’s use of “liquid fire” in executions. The drug – potassium chloride – is one of a cocktail of drugs currently used in some states to carry out death sentences, a cocktail that has led to botched executions. Nancy E. Millar …

Lawsuits: Alabama prisoners died of gangrene, constipation

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN updated 1:14 PM EDT, Tue October 28, 2014 (CNN) -- One prisoner died of alcohol withdrawal. Constipation killed another. A third succumbed to gangrene. The deaths sound like they come from the logs of a Civil War POW encampment, but all three are alleged to have befallen detainees at the …

In Kentucky, execution debate finds new footing

By BRETT BARROUQUERE Associated Press August 1, 2014 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With a spate of botched executions across the country this year looming over their discussion, Kentucky lawmakers are revisiting some fundamental questions about the death penalty, including whether the state should keep it on the books. Along with activists on both sides, a joint …

Indiana police pepper-spray stripped woman, leave her naked for hours, make her walk through jail nude: lawyer

After Tabitha Storms Gentry was arrested on misdemeanor charges, she was forcibly stripped and sat naked in cell overnight, her lawyer said. The New Albany woman is suing police. Officers said she was drunk and violent during the whole incident. BY Meg Wagner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, June 13, 2014, 7:38 AM   The …

It’s time for the US supreme court to declare a death penalty moratorium

Clayton Lockett's agonizing final minutes were the results of a failed experiment, proving states can no longer be trusted to run their laboratories. Let's stop tinkering with the machinery of death    Randall T Coyne in Norman, Oklahoma Jump to comments (367) In 1972, the supreme court issued a moratorium after determining that the death …

BREAKING: Death Sentence for a $96 ticket (NJWEEDMAN)

NJ WEEDMAN reads a letter from a prisoner who turns in jail for a wrongful death. Published on Feb 10, 2014 special thanks to http://njweedman.com/ for bringing us this story. In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews Ed Forchion the NJ Weed Man after he was recently released from jail and was given a shocking letter …

The Final Choice: Last Meals on Death Row

Between 10,000 and 20,000 spectators mobbed the United States’ final public execution in August, 1936, when Rainey Bethea was hung in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Archaeology and Material Culture

In 2012 Gary Carl Simmons sat down for an enormous meal including a Pizza Hut Super Supreme Deep Dish pizza; 10 8-oz. packs of Parmesan cheese; 10 8-oz. packs of ranch dressing; one family size bag of Doritos; 2 large strawberry shakes; two cherry Cokes; one super-size order of McDonald’s fries; and two pints of strawberry ice cream.  By about 4:45 one observer reported that he had eaten roughly half of the nearly 30,000-calorie feast before he was marched off to the Mississippi death chamber.  At 6:16 that evening he was declared dead after he was executed by lethal injection for a grisly 1996 murder.

Henry Hargreaves' interpretation of John Wayne Gacy's last meal (image from ) Henry Hargreaves’ interpretation of John Wayne Gacy’s last meal (image from New Zealand Herald)

The last meal has become a standard ritual in the contemporary execution, an oddly fascinating public episode in the final moments before society passes its ultimate judgment on one of our…

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