Thank you so much to everyone who has written to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) about the flaws in their proposed lethal injection procedures. Thousands of comments have been submitted, calling on California to leave executions is the past – where they belong.
Anyone can weigh in – even if you don’t live in California and regardless of your age, citizenship, or voter registration status.
California officials canceled four deadlines for public comment, trying to keep over 12,000 pages of documentation secret. The documents show that CDCR advocated violating federal law (!) in order to acquire execution drugs. They also reveal problematic conduct by state officials and the extraordinary price tag for lethal injection drugs. They downplayed the seriousness of botched executions in other states as if none of these disturbing revelations mattered.
The CDCR has a troubled past with regards to lethal injection, as do many other states that continue go through extreme measures to salvage a death penalty system that we all know is broken beyond repair.
CDCR must listen and individually respond to concerns about its proposal. If you speak up, then you can have a big impact.