Target: California Governor, Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Goal: Abandon misguided proposal for new lethal injection protocol and abolish the death penalty for good.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is reviewing the lethal injection protocol administered to death row inmates. The proposal on the table includes moving to a single-drug injection due to national lethal drug shortages, and criteria to select and train administers.
California has 745 inmates on death row, more than any other state, and executions have been halted since 2006 after legal challenges invalidated the previous injection protocol. The United States is one of only a handful of countries that uses capital punishment. Together with Iran, Saudi Arabia, China and Pakistan, we contribute to 88 percent of executions worldwide. Lethal injections are reported by experts to be painful, torturous and have recently been botched, as in the case of Clayton Lockett in April 2014.
The proposed protocol will allow prison wardens to select one of four barbiturates to be used to end an inmate’s life: amobarbital, pentobarbital, secobarbital or thiopental. According to the Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic, amobarbital and secobarbital have never been used in executions, leading inmates to essentially become human experiments.
Call on California to abandon the lethal injection protocol review and abolish the death penalty altogether and encourage other states to do the same.
Dear Governor Brown,
The ongoing review of California’s lethal injection protocol must be abandoned in favor of steps to abolish the death penalty. Over the past few years, the United States has executed innocent people and botched lethal injections to the point of pain, torture and suffering of inmates.
The Berkeley Law and Death Penalty Clinic reports that two of the four drugs to be introduced in California have never been used in executions and resign inmates to human experimentation.
Though pro-death penalty advocates argue that victims’ families deserve closure and “justice,” many families have come forward to plead mercy for the convicted and understand that no protocol, no matter how airtight, can guarantee guilt for the inmate, a peaceful death or closure for loved ones on either side of the issue.
I urge you to abandon the review of lethal injection protocol and move toward abolishing the death penalty altogether.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: CACorrections (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)