death row

Alabama Amending Execution Procedure to Allow Spiritual Advisor in Execution Chamber

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio. Defense attorneys rushing to stop Ohio’s first execution in three years filed court documents Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, arguing the state’s new 3-drug lethal…

Inmate Spared from Execution by Dementia Argument Dies on Death Row

An Alabama inmate spared from execution by questions over whether dementia had erased memories of his crime has died on death row. The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a statement Monday that Vernon Madison died over the weekend. He was 69. The agency said no foul play is suspected. Madison spent more than three decades on Alabama’s death row…

Proposed Bill Would Speed up the Death Penalty Process

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth is making a push to reduce the time it takes for a death row inmate to be put to death. The proposed bill would make three main provisions to the current system to make it happen. “This Bill has been designed to proved both equal justice to inmates, and swift justice to their victims,” says…

ADOC Closing Main Facility at Holman Prison Due to Critical Infrastructure Failures

To ensure the ongoing safety and security of correctional staff, inmates, and the public, Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) Commissioner Jeff Dunn Wednesday announced accelerated plans initiated in August 2018 to close and decommission the main facility at William C. Holman Correctional Facility – one of the Department’s oldest structural facilities. The decision to accelerate the existing plan was made…

Death Row Inmate Dies

Convicted in 1995

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A death row inmate convicted of killing his 2-month-old son has died in prison. The Alabama Department of Corrections said Wednesday that Willie Dorrell Minor was found unresponsive in his cell at Donaldson Correctional Facility on Dec. 21. He was later pronounced dead. Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton wrote in an email that Minor was…

Is it Unconstitutional to Execute the Elderly and Infirm?

America’s death row is graying, and that leaves courts increasingly likely to face questions of when it becomes unconstitutionality cruel to execute the elderly and infirm. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case this fall of 67-year old Vernon Madison, who killed an Alabama police officer decades ago but whose lawyers say doesn’t remember the crime because of dementia….

Alabama Gets Full Custody of Death Row Inmate; Plans to Execute Inmate Thursday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the U.S. will give Alabama full custody of a convicted package bomber who killed a federal judge so the state can execute him on Thursday. In a Monday court filing, the Justice Department said it would waive its right to custody of Walter Leroy Moody, Jr. The filing came after Moody argued he should be…

Supreme Court says Alabama Execution Can Proceed

The U.S. Supreme Court has again ruled that Alabama can move forward with the execution of an inmate convicted of killing a convenience store clerk more than two decades ago. The Supreme Court ruled late Thursday that the execution could proceed, after issuing two temporary delays earlier in the night. Ronald Bert Smith Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal…