Executions Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Correction has fired its longtime top attorney and another employee following an independent report on failures within the state's lethal injection system.
Executions Tennessee

 (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

This undated booking photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows inmate Oscar Smith. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers his inaugural address in War Memorial Auditorium, on Jan. 19, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Tennessee Department of Correction has fired its longtime top attorney and another employee following an independent report on failures within the state’s lethal injection system. Debbie Inglis, the deputy commissioner and general counsel, and Kelly Young, the inspector general, received notices of “expiration of your executive service appointment” on Dec. 27, 2022, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press through public records requests. Though officials gave no reasons for the firings, Lee’s office has previously said without elaborating that two individuals were let go in connection with the report’s findings.

 

Ricky Bell

Ricky Bell, warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)