California is Slowly Moving Towards Resuming Executions
California may be moving slowly towards resuming executions because of lawsuits and a ballot initiative approved last November. California is one of 12 states that has capital punishment, but has not executed anyone in over 10 years. California has the largest amount of inmates on death row in the nation with almost 750 inmates and it is almost double the amount of Florida’s death row, which has the second largest death row in the nation. Before executions are resumed, regulations will need to be revised to conform to court rulings and Proposition 66, which was designed to speed up death penalty cases and was passed last November by 51 percent. Deborah Denno, a professor at Fordham University School of Law and an expert on lethal injections, stated:
In California, it’s become a symbolic death penalty state. Whether that is going to change or not is unpredictable.
Other states have resumed executions, with Arkansas recently carrying out its first execution last month since 2005. Arkansas tried to execute eight inmates last month because its supply of the sedative they use in their executions was going to expire. The executions in California were halted in 2006 after prison officials were ordered to improve their lethal injection process. It is not known when California will exactly resume executions, but it is definitively moving towards resuming them.
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