Alabama prison officials told reporter her ‘skirt was too short’ to witness execution

Alabama prison officials told reporter her ‘skirt was too short’ to witness execution

Posted For: Willie Wonka

By Paul Best

Ivana Hrynkiw, a journalist for Alabama-based news outlet AL.com, traveled to Atmore on Thursday to cover the execution of death row inmate Joe Nathan James Jr., but prison officials told her when she arrived that she “couldn’t view the execution because my skirt was too short.”

Hrynkiw detailed the dress code controversy in a tweet on Thursday evening, writing that she had worn the skirt to prior executions and professional events without any issues.

“At 5’7″, and 5’10″ with my heels on, I am a tall and long-legged person. I tried to pull my skirt to my hips to make the skirt longer, but was told it was still not appropriate,” Hrynkiw wrote.

“Luckily, a very kind photographer from a Birmingham TV station offered me his rain gear – waterproof, Columbia PFG style fisherman’s wader pants. The ADOC deemed this an appropriate swap for my skirt.”

The sun sets behind Holman Prison in Atmore, Ala., on Jan. 27, 2022. 

Once she had on the man’s pants, a prison official told Hrynkiw that her open toe heels were “also too revealing,” so she ran to her car to get a pair of tennis shoes.

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