States to Try New Ways of Executing Prisoners. Their Latest Idea? Opioids.


Deborah Denno was quoted in the Washington Post about states trying to find new drugs to execute death row inmates.

Other states have passed laws authorizing a return to older methods, such as the firing squad and the electric chair.

“We’re in a new era,” said Deborah Denno, a law professor at Fordham University. “States have now gone through all the drugs closest to the original ones for lethal injection. And the more they experiment, the more they’re forced to use new drugs that we know less about in terms of how they might work in an execution.”

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