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Two States Continue to Reject Guidelines That Aim to Eliminate Prison Rape

Two States Continue to Reject Guidelines That Aim to Eliminate Prison Rape

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.

Federal Court Denies Georgia Prisoner’s Request to Be Executed by Firing Squad

Federal Court Denies Georgia Prisoner’s Request to Be Executed by Firing Squad

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.

Wrongly Convicted New York Man to Receive Compensation

Wrongly Convicted New York Man to Receive Compensation

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.

Wrongfully Convicted Chicago Man Is Free

Wrongfully Convicted Chicago Man Is Free

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.

Wrongfully Convicted Long Island Man Plans to Become a Lawyer

Wrongfully Convicted Long Island Man Plans to Become a Lawyer

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.

Arkansas Governor Dismisses Requests for Probe of Execution

Arkansas Governor Dismisses Requests for Probe of Execution

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.

Arkansas Executes Two Inmates Monday

Arkansas Executes Two Inmates Monday

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.

Wrongly Convicted Ohio Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Ohio Man Is Free

A judge vacates Evin King’s murder conviction after questions were raised about the forensic evidence in the case. Read the full story here.

Arkansas Halts Execution of Convicted Murderer

Arkansas Halts Execution of Convicted Murderer

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.

Florida Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Standardize Eyewitness Identification Procedure

Florida Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Standardize Eyewitness Identification Procedure

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.