It's just really tragic that after all the horrors of the last 1,000 years, we can't leave behind something as primitive as government sponsored execution.
Arkansas has scheduled 8 executions to take place in 10 days beginning April 17th. Arkansas hasn't had an execution in 12 years, so why the sudden rush? Simple: their lethal injection drugs are about to expire.
Arkansas has exactly eight doses left of a crucial drug used to perform lethal injections that expire at the end of April. So the governor scheduled eight executions packed into a ten day period — with two executions per day — as if the justice system was a conveyor belt.
Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty has joined Equal Justice USA, Amnesty International USA, ACLU, Arkansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, and other organizations to gather signatures on petitions urging Governor Hutchinson not to proceed with the executions. The petitions will be delivered to him on Friday April 14 in Little Rock.
The death penalty is a cruel and inhumane punishment that always violates human rights. What Arkansas is doing now is even more evidence that it needs to be abolished once and for all. Treating prisoner's lives as if they were products with a "use by" date is detestable.
Please take one or both of the following actions to tell the governor to stop this rush to executions!
1. Contact Governor Hutchinson Office.
Call his office and leave a message: (501) 682-2345
2. Sign the Equal Justice USA petition to Governor Hutchinson:
Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty