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Is Government Transparency on Death Row? Open records provide checks and balances
The continued execution of Death Row inmates in Missouri is a subject of significant controversy in this state, as it is nationwide. I know it's a subject with strong passions on both sides, and I am sure those of you who are readers of this column don't all hold the same opinion. However, I want to address an issue that arises out of it which does concern us and talk a little about why Missouri Press has chosen, and continues to choose, to be involved in that issue.
The issue concerns the execution protocol - how the drugs are administered in killing the prisoner. All of you are familiar with what recently happened in Oklahoma. Media coverage of the malfunction of that process was substantial.
Back in 2007, Missouri changed its execution statute (Section 546.720) to make secret the names of people who are members of the execution team. At the time that change was made in the law, and regulations were proposed to enact this secrecy, Missouri Press Association unsuccessfully took a stand before the Department of Corrections seeking to limit the secrecy that was being imposed by state statute. Since that time, the secrecy protocol has become more and more complex. As you have read, pharmaceutical companies became concerned over their drugs being used for executions and some products were no longer available for that use. Then those pharmacies dispensing the drugs began to want confidentiality to... continued...
Friday October 24th
Read more about this wonderful opportunity in Missouri Journalism! "Now in its second year statewide, the Constitution Project is an intensive, hands-on competition that engages students in investigating a mock crime scene, reporting about the crime and processing the resulting case as it progresses through the system, culminating in a mock trial – all under the mentorship of local professionals in the fields of crime scene investigation, journalism and trial advocacy." Link
Friday October 24th
Missouri Press Association needs 15 more people to serve as judges to help with the upcoming Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Their newspaper people recently helped judge the MPA contest, so it's time to return the favor! You can sign up with the form below. Link
Thursday October 23rd
Cliff Schiappa welcomes the 2014 Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame inductees in Washington, Mo. Link