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March 21, 2013
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Lawmakers skeptical about need for death chamber at Ely prison

Members of a joint Senate-Assembly money committee on Wednesday questioned the need for a new execution chamber at the Ely State Prison. Gov. Brian Sandoval included $692,289 in his budget to build a death chamber at the Ely maximum-security prison. He argues that’s where death-row inmates are held; that the old chamber at the Nevada State Prison is not ADA-compliant; and that the old chamber has numerous other issues including a lack of separation between inmates and victim relatives. The new chamber would greatly improve security, Corrections Director Greg Cox said. The project would involve constructing a chamber to administer …

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