TDOC Administrator Debra K. Johnson Enforced Civil Rights

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NASHVILLE, TN — Slain state correctional administrator Debra K. Johnson enforced equal rights as she managed prisons, according to friends and relatives Sunday at her mother’s home where she grew up.

Johnson’s accused killer, escaped inmate Curtis Ray Watson, was set for arraignment Wednesday afternoon at the Lauderdale County Justice Center in Ripley, a state courts official said Tuesday. The hearing was expected to last nearly 15 minutes.

Johnson “just wanted equal rights in prison for everybody,” her mother, Annie Porter said in the family room of her Haynes Manor home, rem...