Lethal Injection Drugs to be used before expiration for death penalty inmates in Arkansas [VIDEO]
April 10, 2017 11:34 AM EDT
The day after Easter, Arkansas is set to execute eight death penalty inmates. Asa Hutchinson, the state's Republican governor said that the execution must be acted upon before the state's supply of Midazolam, an anesthetic used for lethal injection drugs, expires.
Sitting in the middle of the "Bible Belt," Arkansas consistently ranks as one of the most religious states in America. With this, people in Arkansas and across Gould are wondering how so many executions will happen all at one time.
Starting the day after Easter Sunday, eight death penalty inmates - four whites and four blacks- are scheduled to be executed via lethal injection drugs. Starting April 17, two men will die each day. The dates to follow after the 17th are 20th, 24th, and 27th, data according to the L.A Times.
A 2015 Pew Research Survey reveals over the past three decades, 86 percent of death executions have taken place in Bible Belt states where the most supportive of the death penalty were White Christians. On the other hand, 58 percent of black Protestants strongly oppose death penalty.
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, no state has executed this may people in such a short span of time since the reinstated capital punishment in 1976, the Washington Post reported.
Hutchinson, the state's governor has said in a statement that before the lethal injection drugs cocktail, Midazolam expires, the act of execution must be done. The act is also necessary to fulfill requirements of the law. Hutchinson added that the action is also important to bring closure to families of the victims.
The condemned death penalty inmates are all convicted of murder between 1989 and 1999. The prisoners had a mixed case of killing victims by gun or by strangulation.
Gould Mayor, Essie Mae Cableton said that the execution in the state of Arkansas is just too many at one time. Though Cableton is not saying that the death penalty inmates were not bad individuals, she just thinks it too many at one time.