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FILE - This file photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Nicholas Sutton. Tennessee death row inmate Nicholas Sutton has chosen to die by the electric chair, making him the fifth inmate in a little over a year to choose electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Sutton, sentenced to death in 1985 for stabbing fellow inmate Carl Estep after a confrontation over a drug deal,  is scheduled to be executed on Feb. 20.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Fifth condemned Tennessee inmate opts for the electric chair

Jan. 22, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has chosen the electric chair for his scheduled execution next month, opting like four other inmates in little more than a year for electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, is scheduled to be put to death...

FILE - In this July 21, 2010, photo, employees leave the front gate of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss. An inmate at the Mississippi prison that was a focus of recent deadly unrest was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead, a coroner said Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Coroner: 2 new Mississippi inmate deaths were from beating

Jan. 21, 2020 7:41 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two inmates were beaten to death in a fight with other inmates in an understaffed Mississippi prison that has been shaken by other deadly violence in recent weeks, a coroner said. The state Department of Corrections on Tuesday confirmed the men died at Mississippi State Penitentiary...

FILE - In this July 21, 2010, photo, employees leave the front gate of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss. An inmate at the Mississippi prison that was a focus of recent deadly unrest was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead, a coroner said Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Coroner: Inmate dies, found hanging at a Mississippi prison

Jan. 19, 2020 10:12 PM EST

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — An inmate at a Mississippi prison that was a focus of recent deadly unrest was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead, a coroner said Sunday. Coroner Heather Burton said she was called Sunday to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at...

MS-13 inmates sent to restricted unit after prison stabbing

Jan. 18, 2020 4:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons is moving some MS-13 gang members in its custody into more restricted housing at certain high-security facilities across the U.S. after a gang stabbing in a Virginia prison, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Saturday. A brawl...

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves reacts to a question during a news conference regarding his establishing a diverse group of experienced Mississippians to help with a nationwide search for a new Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) commissioner, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor: Prison violence was a 'catastrophe'

Jan. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's new governor said Thursday that the state will conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead a state prison system that's reckoning with what he called a “catastrophe” — a recent outburst of deadly violence and longstanding problems with...

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John Gardner. Gardner a Texas inmate with a history of violence against women faces execution for fatally shooting his wife, who had repeatedly told friends and family she would never get out of her marriage alive. Gardner is set to receive a lethal injection Wednesday Jan. 15, 2019 for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner.(Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Texas inmate executed for killing wife in 2005

Jan. 15, 2020 8:08 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate with a history of violence against women was executed Wednesday evening for fatally shooting his wife, who had feared she would never get out of her marriage alive. John Gardner, 64, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the...

Tennessee Supreme Court schedules 2 more execution dates

Jan. 15, 2020 7:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday scheduled dates to execute two more death row inmates, but justices still haven't ruled on the attorney general's requests to set seven more. Continuing Tennessee's trend toward capital punishment, the court scheduled Oscar Franklin Smith to...

This combination photo of undated file photos released by the Mississippi Department of Corrections shows Roosevelt Holliman, left, who was beaten and stabbed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Jan. 2, 2020, and Denorris Howell, who was found dead in his cell on Jan. 3. More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, Jan. 14, saying understaffed prisons are

Lawsuit says Mississippi prisons are 'plagued by violence'

Jan. 15, 2020 10:20 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, saying understaffed prisons are “plagued by violence” and inmates are forced to live in decrepit and dangerous conditions. The federal lawsuit follows an outbreak of violence that killed five inmates and...

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John Gardner. Gardner a Texas inmate with a history of violence against women faces execution for fatally shooting his wife, who had repeatedly told friends and family she would never get out of her marriage alive. Gardner is set to receive a lethal injection Wednesday Jan. 15, 2019 for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner.(Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Texas inmate faces execution for killing wife in 2005

Jan. 15, 2020 12:53 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas inmate with a history of violence against women is set to be executed Wednesday evening for fatally shooting his wife, who had feared she would never get out of her marriage alive. John Gardner, 64, is facing lethal injection for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner....

Tennessee lawmakers wrestle with a scathing audit of prisons

Jan. 13, 2020 8:36 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's correction agency failed to provide adequate oversight to ensure the safety of the state's inmates and public, a scathing new audit has found. The report has sparked alarm among state lawmakers, many of whom raised concerns on Monday about the 18 negative findings and...