The Louisiana Execution Protocol document is available via Scribd.
On June 29, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported, "Louisiana releases execution protocol; inmate's lawyer calls it 'inadequate'." It was written by Lauren McGaughy.
Louisiana corrections officials have released the state's execution protocol after a lawsuit brought by two death row inmates called for more transparency into the procedure. But the inmates' lawyers say details released by the state are spotty at best, and that the use of a new lethal drug is not fully explained.
Until this month, the state's execution protocol was inaccessible by the public, including inmates and their attorneys. The protocol, obtained by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on Friday, was released after two death row inmates filed suit against the state Corrections Department and Louisiana State Penitentiary, or Angola, to make public the documents.
But, Michael Rubenstein, lawyer for inmate Jessie Hoffman, said the nearly 60-page document he received last week is "woefully inadequate." While it confirms previous court admissions that the state plans to switch to using a single drug in its lethal injections, it leaves out important details, he said.
"The lethal injection protocol released by the Louisiana Department of Corrections this week fails to provide the most basic information about how it intends to carry out executions," Rubenstein said Friday.
He pointed to gaps in how lethal drugs will be stored, overseen and administered, and who will have ultimate responsibility over the drugs. He also expressed concerns about the state's decision to switch from a three-drug cocktail to just one drug.
"We still do not know whether any medical authorities were consulted regarding the incorporation of (pentobarbital); the original source or expiration date of the new drug; how the drug is to be administered; or the training of personnel who will implement the new procedure for the first time," Rubenstein said.
Earlier coverage of Louisiana lethal injection issues begins at the link.