The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state’s execution law, calling it unconstitutional. In a split decision, the high court sided with 10 death row inmates who argued that, under Arkansas’ constitution, only the legislature can set execution policy.
Author: Tippa Naphtali
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) have published their review of unclassified prison deaths between 2010 and 2011 today, following discussion of the recommendations at the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody on 12 June.
The death of Janey Antoniou (“Campaign calls for open investigations into deaths of mental health patients”, News) brought into sharp focus the serious anomaly that exists when someone dies in mental health detention.
He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found.
A grieving family yesterday demanded to know why a frail dad died in handcuffs on a cancer ward. Philmore Mills, 57, who was on round-the-clock oxygen and had a tumour on his lung, died as he lay face down on the floor. He had been restrained by two hospital guards and two police officers after becoming agitated, and stopped breathing with his hands still cuffed behind his back.
“My name’s Kevin Raymond Young and I’m 52 years old.” There’s something desperate about the way Young says it, as if he’s clinging to the wreckage of his identity. Young was 17 when he was sent to Medomsley detention centre in County Durham. He’d already had a tough life – taken into care at two, sexually and physically abused by those who were meant to look after him.
A memorial to the murdered private detective Daniel Morgan has been placed in a Powys church yard to mark the 25th anniversary of his death. Mr Morgan, 37, originally from Llanfrechfa, near Cwmbran, was found with an axe in his head in a south London pub car park in 1987.
Hundreds of people have died in custody in Britain over the last 30+ years. A disproportionate number of these were African-Caribbean men. Between 1969 and 1999 over one thousand people died in police custody alone, not counting deaths in prison and psychiatric institutions. No one has ever been convicted for any of these deaths.