Today's Toledo Blade publishes the editorial, "Lethal injection: The process of changing how people are executed in Ohio should unfold with far more transparency."
The State of Ohio plans to change by October the way it executes prisoners, largely because of a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs.
Such injections were created largely to give states that impose capital punishment a humane — or at least quick and relatively painless — alternative to the electric chair, gas chamber, or firing squad. But shortages now have states scrambling to find drugs that are convenient or available, even if they are not adequately tested.
The drug shortages are largely created by the moral objections of manufacturers. But that doesn’t make them, or the problems they entail, any less real.
No state should proceed with scheduled executions until the drug, or multidrug cocktail, it plans to use has been proven to be humane and efficient. The process of changing how people are executed in Ohio should unfold with far more transparency than the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) has shown so far.