- India execution brings out mixed feelings on punishment Updated: Jul-29-15 10:11 pm
NEW DELHI - Few countries sentence more people to death than India. Whether those punishments are actually carried out is another matter. Though well over a thousand people have been sent to death row this century, just four have been executed.
- Attorney general seeks execution date for death row inmate Updated: Jul-29-15 3:35 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The state of Mississippi wants to execute Richard Gerald Jordan, the longest-serving inmate on death row, on or before Aug. 27.
- NC legislature passes bill limiting execution transparency Updated: Jul-29-15 12:35 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A bill that would allow quicker changes to North Carolina's execution process and block information about the manufacturing of lethal injection drugs has passed the legislature and is going to the governor.
- Tenn. lethal injection trial continues with dueling experts Updated: Jul-26-15 11:49 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Tennessee Supreme Court says the death penalty is constitutional, so there must be a constitutional way to carry it out. But attorneys for 33 death row inmates say lethal injection isn't one of them.
- Montana lethal injection challenge set for trial Updated: Jul-24-15 4:12 pm
HELENA, Montana - Attorneys representing the state and Montana's two death row inmates will have one last chance to convince a judge to decide a seven-year legal battle over execution procedures before the case goes to trial later this summer.
- Mississippi murderer's lawsuit stalling execution Updated: Jul-24-15 8:41 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - The execution of Mississippi's longest-serving death row inmate is being held up over a challenge to the state's lethal injection protocol.
- Mexico opposes prosecutor's request for man's execution date Updated: Jul-23-15 4:12 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The government of Mexico is opposing an Ohio prosecutor's request to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing four members of his girlfriend's family and sentenced to death in three of the 1991 slayings.
- President's message on prisons resonates in Oklahoma Updated: Jul-18-15 1:44 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - President Barack Obama's trip last week to a federal prison in El Reno, where he urged steps to curb the explosive growth of federal inmates, resonates soundly in Oklahoma, which consistently locks up more of its population than almost every state in the nation.
- Inmate on death row for Plano slaying loses federal appeal Updated: Jul-18-15 10:01 am
HOUSTON - A 42-year-old man who's spent more than half his life on death row for the slaying of a suburban Dallas liquor store clerk has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step closer to execution.
- Ohio prosecutors want execution date for man who killed 4 Updated: Jul-18-15 4:07 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Prosecutors have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing four members of his girlfriend's family and sentenced to death in three of the slayings.
- Judge: Missouri broke law keeping execution supplier secret Updated: Jul-16-15 10:14 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Missouri circuit county judge ruled that the Department of Corrections violated the law by refusing to disclose records about pharmacies that compound the state's execution drug.
- Court delays Texas execution that had been set for Thursday Updated: Jul-16-15 2:04 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas death row inmate won an indefinite reprieve Thursday, hours before he was set to die for the slaying of a 93-year-old woman at her home during a robbery a decade ago.
- The Latest: Court grants delay to inmate set for execution Updated: Jul-16-15 1:26 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The latest on a Texas inmate who was scheduled to be executed Thursday for the killing of a 93-year-old woman (all times CDT):
- Tennessee executioner barred from testifying for now Updated: Jul-15-15 7:34 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee's executioner will not testify in a trial challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection, at least for the time being.
- Alabama seeks to dismiss execution drug lawsuit Updated: Jul-15-15 1:25 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama is seeking to proceed with executions after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a drug that the state plans to begin using in lethal injections.
- The Latest: Missouri executes man for killing 19-year-old Updated: Jul-14-15 11:07 pm
BONNE TERRE, Missouri - Here are the latest developments involving the execution Tuesday of Missouri inmate David Zink (all times CDT):
- Missouri executes man for killing 19-year-old Updated: Jul-14-15 10:26 pm
BONNE TERRE, Missouri - A Missouri inmate who sexually attacked a 19-year-old woman before tying her to a cemetery tree and killing her was executed Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court and the governor declined to intervene.
- Obama calls for shorter sentences for nonviolent convicts Updated: Jul-14-15 7:54 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Calling it an issue America can't afford to ignore, President Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision Tuesday for fixing the criminal justice system by focusing on communities, courtrooms and cellblocks. He announced a federal review of the use of solitary confinement and urged Congress to pass a sentencing reform bill by year's end.
- Utah death row inmate says firing squad is unconstitutional Updated: Jul-14-15 7:00 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah death row inmate appealing his sentence of death by firing squad says the execution method is cruel and unusual punishment. Utah recently approved the use of a firing squad as a backup if lethal injection drugs are not available.
- Execution set for man who raped, killed Kansas City girl, 15 Updated: Jul-14-15 5:15 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A September execution date has been set for a man convicted of raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.
- Death penalty opponents seek new evidence in Oklahoma case Updated: Jul-13-15 5:56 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Death penalty opponents made a public plea Monday for new evidence in the case of an Oklahoma inmate who is scheduled to die by lethal injection in a little more than two months.
- Some Travis County drug offenders get another chance Updated: Jul-11-15 1:26 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - After a failed battle with addiction, Jacob Spann reached the end of the line at the intersection of Magnolia Mound Trail and McNeil Drive in Northwest Austin, where, high on methamphetamine and sweating profusely on a cool October day in 2013, he was put in the back of a police cruiser and charged with intent to distribute.
- Oklahoma court sets execution dates for 3 death row inmates Updated: Jul-08-15 5:33 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's highest criminal court on Wednesday set execution dates for three death row inmates who challenged the use of a drug that will be used in their lethal injections.
- Montana seeks aid in 'needed' study of correctional system Updated: Jul-08-15 3:44 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana is seeking aid from a national research organization to conduct a comprehensive study of the state's correctional system for the first time in 18 years.
- Gay rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration Updated: Jul-04-15 6:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.