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Death row spiritual advisor sues Oklahoma Department of Corrections

 Oklahoma State Penitentiary
Quinton Chandler
StateImpact Oklahoma
Oklahoma State Penitentiary houses Oklahoma's death row prisoners.

The spiritual advisor for several of Oklahoma’s death row inmates filed a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections last week.

Rev. Jeff Hood is seeking $10 million from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for allegedly defaming him in a press release in January.

Hood was a spiritual advisor for Scott Eizember, who was executed on Jan 12 of this year.

Prior to his execution, the DOC released a statement saying Hood would not be allowed in the execution chamber due to his history of arrests for “outbursts” in the past. The statement also said Hood has demonstrated “blatant disregard” for the families of death row inmates’ victims.

They later reversed the decision to avoid a postponement from any legal challenges.

Hood says while he has been arrested three separate times at protests across the country, he has never disrupted an execution and has never been disrespectful to victims’ families.

Hannah France is a reporter and producer for KGOU.
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