Arkansas is going to execute 8 inmates in just 10 days. This is something that is pretty odd, but there is a reason for this kind of action.
At the end of the month, the drug which is used for their executions will expire.
Asa Hutchinson, the Governor of the state, planned for the executions between April 17 and 27.
He also issued a statement saying that these events will take place because all the appeals and reviews didn’t pass and they have been denied.
“As required by law, I have set the execution dates for the eight convicted of capital murder. This is based on the attorney general’s referral and the exhaustion of all appeals and court reviews that have been ongoing for more than a decade.”
But also, a key reason is the expiration date of the lethal injection drugs as labeled.
Following state’s execution protocols, Arkansas received the final drug necessary to make the lethal cocktail for the execution.
It has been 12 years since the state executed their last convict, now Arkansas will perform 8. During some days, two executions will take place.
Only Texas managed to execute eight prisoners during one month, and that happened during May 1997.
The Department of Corrections and Governor’s Office are stating that no problems will occur and that they have the needed resources to perform this action.
J.R. Davies, the Director of Communications in Governor Office, talked to the media about this.
“We’re confident that the Department of Corrections has the resources and knowledge to do what they do,”
“You’d like to have more time, but because of everything that has happened, because of the clemency requests and the stays, and so on and so forth — this is where we are.”
On the other hand, certain doubts surround this claim. They are supported by the fact that never before in history, has any state performed eight executions in 10 days. Also, the cocktail of these drugs was never used twice in the same day.
“I think this particular action is extreme and unnecessary,” argued Arkansas State Rep. Warwick Sabin, a Democrat who represents Little Rock. “It creates the possibility for grave error and draws attention to the state in a way that doesn’t ultimately benefit us.”
The problematic drug is midazolam. Its purpose is to put the inmate in some sort of coma. The other is pancuronium bromide which paralyzes him and causes the breathing to stop. The third is potassium chloride, which causes the heart to stop working.
If this drug — midazolam — fails to affect the inmate, this will lead to an extremely painful and inhumane death. You possibly have a situation where an inmate is aware of everything, feels the pain and is paralyzed.
“The rush to execute based upon expiration dates on vials of midazolam is irresponsible,” said Dale Baich,
”The stress on the prison and medical staff will be increased, and the risk of making mistakes is multiplied. This, along with using a drug that has been used in numerous botched executions, should make prison officials in Arkansas very nervous.”