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California considers making its own lethal drugs for the death penalty




The Texas death chamber in Huntsville, TX, where Texas death row inmate Gary Graham was put to death by lethal injection on June 22, 2000.
The Texas death chamber in Huntsville, TX, where Texas death row inmate Gary Graham was put to death by lethal injection on June 22, 2000.

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Under new rules proposed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, prison officials would be allowed to manufacture barbituates to carry out the death penalty at its own compounding pharmacies, immunizing prison officials from the growing problem of pharmaceutical companies refusing to sell lethal drugs for the purpose of killing the condemned.

Last week, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced it would no longer allow states to buy its drugs to put people to death.

Pfizer’s decision won’t affect California because it does not manufacture the four drugs prison officials propose to use in the new regime now under consideration.

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Notice of Proposed Regulations by scprweb

Guests:

Frank Stoltze, Correspondent for KPCC who’s been reporting on this story.

Linda Lye, Senior Staff Attorney,  American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California