State seeking public opinion on lethal injection
January 7, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO-State officials are soliciting public comment on new lethal injections procedures as they attempt to reinstate capital punishment.
A federal judge ruled in 2006 that California’s lethal injection procedures may constitute cruel and unusual punishment. He halted executions until new regulations were adopted and the cramped death chamber at San Quentin Prison remodeled.
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has since constructed a new death chamber and drafted new regulations. The public now has two weeks to comment on them before they are formally adopted.
Judges in state and federal courts still need to sign off on the new regulations before executions can resume.
There are 697 inmates currently on California’s death row.