Prisons

In this Monday evening, April 17, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind clouds over an Arkansas State Police command post outside the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction near Varner, Ark. As state officials prepare to carry out a double execution Thursday ahead of a drug expiration deadline and despite the setback the U.S. Supreme Court delivered late Monday, lawyers for those condemned men look to be taking a different approach: claiming the prisoners are actually innocent. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 19, 2017 - 1:37 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawyers for Arkansas inmates condemned to die Thursday in a planned double execution are claiming they are innocent and one of them says advanced DNA techniques could show he didn't kill a woman in 1993. Their strategy to win stays of execution is in marked contrast to the...
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This combination of undated photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Stacey E. Johnson, left, and Ledell Lee. Both men are scheduled for execution on April 20, 2017. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
April 18, 2017 - 6:38 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' plans to conduct several executions this month (all times local): 5:15 p.m. An Arkansas inmate scheduled to die Thursday night is asking the state's Supreme Court to block his execution so he can pursue additional DNA testing to prove his claims of...
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This combination of undated photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Stacey E. Johnson, left, and Ledell Lee. Both men are scheduled for execution on April 20, 2017. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
April 18, 2017 - 1:00 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state's plan to resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly 12 years by refusing to lift an order sparing an inmate just minutes before his...
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This combination of undated photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Stacey E. Johnson, left, and Ledell Lee. Both men are scheduled for execution on April 20, 2017. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
April 18, 2017 - 9:12 am
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state's plan to resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly 12 years with a ruling sparing an inmate just minutes before his death warrant...
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People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 18, 2017 - 12:52 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on executions scheduled to take place in Arkansas before the end of April (all times local): 11:50 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Arkansas' request to lift a stay that would have allowed the state to conduct its first execution in nearly a dozen years...
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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 17, 2017 - 9:41 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas raced against the clock to get U.S. Supreme Court approval to execute a convicted killer Monday but backed off putting another inmate to death as part of what had been a plan to carry out double executions on four nights before the state's supply of a lethal injection...
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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 17, 2017 - 8:48 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — State and federal courts lifted the two primary obstacles Arkansas faced in its plan to execute eight inmates before the end of April, but the state backed away from legal efforts to carry out one of the first two lethal injections scheduled Monday night. The decisions from the...
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People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 7:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on executions scheduled to take place in Arkansas before the end of April (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Arkansas Supreme Court has lifted an order that effectively blocked the state's plan to execute eight men by the end of the month, but a stay remains in...
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People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 7:23 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on executions scheduled to take place in Arkansas before the end of April (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's hopeful the U.S. Supreme Court will allow the executions of two inmates to proceed, saying the victims' families have...
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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 17, 2017 - 7:22 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday cleared one of several legal obstacles Arkansas faced in its already undermined plan to execute eight inmates before the end of April, but the effort remained in limbo as state officials fought other rulings halting the executions. The decision...
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