Utah and Arkansas are the only remaining states to refuse to comply with the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read the full story here.
Death row inmate J.W. Ledford Jr. takes a prescription drug for nerve pain that might cause him to be “in agony” during an execution by lethal injection, according to a court filing from his lawyers. Read the full story here.
After spending nearly 24 years in prison for a fatal drive-by shooting he did not commit, Ruddy Quezada will receive $4.5 million from the state of New York. Read the full story here.
The Cook County state’s attorney dismisses charges against Adam Gray, who received a life sentence after he was accused of starting a deadly fire in 1993 when he was 14. Read the full story here.
Martin Tankleff, who was accused of murdering his adoptive parents in 1988 and spent 17 years in prison before he was freed, passes the bar exam in New York. Read the full story here.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the execution of Kenneth Williams, who lurched and convulsed before he died, went according to protocol. Read the full story here.
The state executes convicted murderers Jack H. Jones Jr. and Marcel Williams via lethal injection–the first time in 17 years that a state executes two inmates in one day. Read the full story here.
A judge vacates Evin King’s murder conviction after questions were raised about the forensic evidence in the case. Read the full story here.
After an attempt to carry out eight executions in less than two weeks, the State Supreme Court stays the execution of Don W. Davis, who would have been the first execution in Arkansas since 2005. Read the full story here.
The bill, which aims to prevent misidentification that leads to wrongful convictions, requires that officers administering lineups be unaware of the suspect’s identity. Read the full story here.