20 Dec '11, 9am
Ex-wardens become US anti-death penalty advocates
WASHINGTON (AFP) - 'I can see their faces in my nightmares,' said Allen Ault, a former Georgia prison warden among a growing number of ex-jailers and executioners opposed to the death penalty in the United States (US). Across the country, prison workers who once supported the death penalty are beginning to lend their voices, alongside other prominent figures, to the campaign to abolish capital punishment in favour of life imprisonment. In his role as the director of the Georgia Department of Corrections in the 1990s, Mr Ault supervised five executions in a death row that he had built 20 years earlier. Mr Ault would give the order to pull the switch on death row inmates strapped to an electric chair.