A three story prison dorm with aluminum siding and outside stairs rises behind a barbed wire fence. A guard tower can be seen in the background.

Alabama Department of Corrections’ internal execution review draws criticism

BY: - February 28, 2023

Death penalty reform advocates have expressed doubt and concern over the Alabama Department of Corrections’ review of its own process. In interviews Monday, several advocates who pushed for an independent review of the state’s execution protocols questioned the short timeframe of review and the lack of transparency. Some were surprised by Gov. Kay Ivey’s announcement […]

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey walks down a ramp with painting company owner Russell Lackey, a friend of the governor. Ivey wears a white suit; Lackey wears a dark suit with a pale blue tie.

Gov. Kay Ivey lifts Alabama execution moratorium

BY: - February 24, 2023

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Friday ended a three-month moratorium on executions in the state after the Alabama Department of Corrections said it had completed an internal investigation of its death penalty procedures. “After discussing the matter with my staff, I am confident that the department is as prepared as possible to resume carrying out executions […]

Four members of the clergy climb the stairs of the Alabama State Capitol.

Clergy members seek independent review of botched Alabama executions

BY: - February 7, 2023

A group of Montgomery faith leaders Tuesday called for an independent investigation into a series of botched executions this summer and sharply criticized capital punishment as a whole. At a press conference at the State Capitol, the clergy members praised Gov. Kay Ivey for temporarily halting executions while the Department of Corrections completes a review […]