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Stories with subject: Criminal punishment
  • Former NY inmates to lobby for criminal justice reforms 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:04 am

    ALBANY, New York - Former inmates who were imprisoned in their youth are traveling to Albany to support a proposal to end the state's practice of automatically prosecuting and incarcerating 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

  • Governor: Nebraska to proceed with executions of 10 inmates 
    Updated: May-29-15 8:38 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts says lawmakers' repeal of the death penalty won't stop his administration from proceeding with executions of 10 people already sentenced to death.

  • Iowa woman writes letters to prison inmates for decades 
    Updated: May-24-15 11:02 am

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Jean Basinger writes letters to prison inmates in Iowa. She has done this for 30 years.

  • North Texas man set to die June 3 loses federal appeal 
    Updated: May-22-15 10:52 am

    HOUSTON - A North Texas man facing execution in less than two weeks for the fatal shootings of four men more than 30 years ago has lost a federal court appeal.

  • Bentley signs Alabama prison overcrowding legislation 
    Updated: May-21-15 7:01 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Thursday signed into law sweeping changes to sentencing and probation standards aimed at relieving severe overcrowding in the state prison system.

  • Nevada lawmakers approve money for execution chamber in Ely 
    Updated: May-20-15 3:57 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers on Wednesday approved spending about $860,000 on a new execution chamber at the remote Ely State Prison, the maximum security facility in eastern Nevada where the state's death row inmates are held.

  • Texas obtains new supply of pentobarbital for execution use 
    Updated: May-14-15 6:01 pm

    HOUSTON - The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has purchased a new supply of drugs that will allow the prison agency to at least carry out two executions scheduled for June, officials said Thursday.

  • Ohio bill would bar execution of the seriously mentally ill 
    Updated: May-13-15 5:46 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio proposal would ban the execution of killers who had a serious mental illness at the time they committed the offense.

  • Death penalty repeal bill fails to clear House committee 
    Updated: May-13-15 3:39 pm

    A bill to abolish Delaware's death penalty failed to clear a House committee Wednesday after winning narrow passage in the Senate, the same fate suffered by similar legislation two years ago.

  • Houston man convicted of killing 3 put to death story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 8:07 pm

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas inmate was executed Tuesday for the killings of his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather nearly 13 years ago in Houston.

  • Texas Senate OKs keeping execution drug suppliers secret 
    Updated: May-11-15 8:43 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The identity of Texas' lethal drug supplier would remain confidential under a measure the Republican-controlled state Senate gave initial approval to Monday - a move that rebuffs calls to lift the secrecy over execution drugs in the nation's busiest death chamber.

  • AP news guide: lethal injection drug in Tennessee 
    Updated: May-06-15 5:58 pm

    KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - Thirty-four death-row inmates in Tennessee are challenging the state's lethal injections protocols. On Wednesday, their attorneys asked the state Supreme Court to let them challenge Tennessee's backup method of execution as well: the electric chair.

  • Alabama editorial roundup 
    Updated: May-06-15 12:37 pm

    Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:

  • Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia story has photos
    Updated: May-03-15 1:16 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - A prosecutor's decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment's decline across the country and in the state that once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation.