Associated Press provides analysis in, "Few Options Left on Arkansas Death Penalty," by Andrew DeMillo. It's via Arkansas Business. Here's the beginning of this must-red:
"Candidates: Fix procedure, keep death penalty," is by Rob Moritz for the Arkansas News Bureau.
Extended litigation over lethal injection and dwindling options for carrying out the procedure have forestalled executions in Arkansas for nearly a decade. Now the state’s top legal officer wants a statewide discussion on the future of capital punishment here.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said recently that the state should either fix its execution procedure or abolish the death penalty.
He’s not alone.
Laurent A. Sacharoff, a University of Arkansas law professor and an expert on capital punishment, agrees that lawmakers and the general public should evaluate entire process.
“I think that the attorney general is right in that both here and other places the delays in executing people is a problem for everyone,” Sacharoff said, adding that cost and whether executions are actually a deterrent also should be part of the discussion.
Gov. Mike Beebe said before this year’s legislative session that he would sign legislation to abolish the death penalty if such a measure reached his desk. None did. Candidates to succeed the term-limited Democrat said last week the state’s death penalty system needs to be fixed but not repealed.
They voiced support for the death penalty, pointing to the strong support the death penalty apparently has among Arkansans. Some suggested that for solutions, the state should look to Texas, the nation’s most prolific state in executions.
Earlier coverage of Arkansas lethal injection issues begins at the link.