Target: Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas
Goal: Prevent potential series of eight executions over 11 days in Arkansas.
Arkansas has not executed a death-row inmate in more than ten years, but Governor Asa Hutchinson recently scheduled eight lethal injection executions that would take place over a period of just 11 days. This unprecedentedly packed schedule caused multiple legal battles between inmates and the state.
The incredibly tight 11-day window is based on the fact that one of the drugs Arkansas uses in lethal injections is expiring within the month and in very short supply. Days before the executions were set to begin, a federal judge ordered a stay on all of them. It is unclear when or if the intended schedule will resume.
Scheduling so many executions within a short span of time strongly increases the chance that mistakes could be made during the lethal injection process. Add your name to the petition below to urge Governor Hutchinson to rethink this potentially dangerous timetable.
Dear Governor Hutchinson,
You recently scheduled eight lethal injections to take place in your state over the span of only 11 days. This is an unprecedented timetable for executions in the modern era, especially given the fact that Arkansas has not executed a prisoner in more than a decade.
A federal judge considered this plan dangerous enough to stay all eight executions, with state courts also calling for stays. This schedule increases the likelihood of mistakes being made during the execution process, which is a risk that should never be taken, even if there is a drug shortage to consider.
I urge you to reconsider your proposed schedule for these executions. While the guilt of these inmates may be beyond question, and the appeals process lengthy and frustrating, there is no justification for rushing through eight executions at the risk of botching one or more of them. I ask that you keep the potential danger in mind as you navigate the legal battles regarding these executions in your state.
[Your Name Here]
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