US journalist ordered to change clothes after being told skirt too short to witness execution

31 July, 2022
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US journalist ordered to change clothes after being told skirt too short to witness execution

Ivana Hrynkiw Shatara was left "embarrassed" and "uncomfortable" after being told her outfit violated the prison dress code when she arrived for the execution of Joe Nathan James Jr at William C Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.

A journalist was forced to change her outfit while attending the execution of a death-row inmate in Alabama after prison officials said her skirt was too short.

Ivana Hrynkiw Shatara, managing producer for website AL.com, says she was also told her open-toed shoes were too revealing by a member of staff at the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC).

Ms Hrynkiw Shatara was stopped as she arrived at the media centre at William C Holman Correctional Facility in the city of Atmore and told her outfit violated the prison dress code.

She visited the prison on 28 July to cover the execution of Joe Nathan James Jr, sentenced to death for killing his ex-girlfriend, Faith Hall, 26, in 1994.

In a statement shared on Twitter, the journalist said she had worn the same skirt to previous executions and other professional events "without incident", adding: "I believe it is more than appropriate".

Tonight, a representative of the Alabama Department of Corrections told me publicly I couldn't view the execution because my skirt was too short," she wrote.


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