Mass Executions Will Haunt Arkansas Correctional Officers, Says Former Executioner

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As Arkansas prepares to execute seven death-row inmates in a rush to use a lethal injection ingredient before it expires, a former executioner told RT he believes the deaths will leave a mark on correctional officers, and that “it’s too much for them.”

In early April, the state’s Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered that the executions be carried out for eight inmates (one was later put on hold by a judge on appeal), since one of the drugs is to expire by the end of the month. 

European laws effectively forbid the sale of drugs for execution purposes, and many US companies also refuse to sell the chemicals. In March 2015, the American Pharmacists Association issued a statement calling on its members to deny any sales of such material as “contrary” to the goals of healthcare providers. 

A former correctional officer who administered lethal injections in Virginia, Jerry Givens, spoke to RT about the ramifications for those tasked with conducting executions today.

Read the full interview here: https://www.rt.com/usa/384472-arkansas-executions-interview-rt/

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