Breaking: 23 Corrections Officers Ask Arkansas Gov To Not Proceed With Risky Execution Schedule

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Press release here

The letter can be accessed here.

Today, 23 former corrections officials and administrators urged Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas to reconsider his plan to execute eight prisoners at the unprecedented rate of two-per-day on four execution days over a ten-day period.

Hailing from 16 states as well as federal jurisdictions, the former corrections officials wrote to the Governor out of concern for the prison officials and staff who will be charged with carrying out the executions. Citing their “first-hand and unique experience with the death penalty,” the signatories describe the “psychological challenges” involved in conducting executions, and the “severe toll on corrections officers’ wellbeing.”

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