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Northern Prison (Courtesy Department of Correction)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The commissioner of the Correction Department says prison guards have been training for the possibility that they would have to execute one of Connecticut’s death row inmates.

The Journal Inquirer of Manchester
(http://bit.ly/wWgF2i ) reports that at least one employee traveled to Texas last year to witness an execution by lethal injection.

Correction Department Commissioner Leo Arnone told the newspaper that the training started after department officials told him they would not know how to proceed if they had to execute one of the state’s 11 death row inmates.

The last prisoner executed in Connecticut, serial killer Michael Ross, died by lethal injection in 2005 after waiving his appeals.

Correction Department spokesman Brian Garnett said the training began nearly a year ago to keep up with state rules.

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Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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