Arkansas Lawmakers Discuss Execution Options

Nov 20, 2013

Lawmakers are trying to figure out how Arkansas' prison system can carry out death sentences.

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees took up the matter when they met Tuesday in Little Rock.

The state hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and that isn't expected to change anytime soon.

Arkansas' prison system has said it plans to rewrite its lethal injection protocol to include a different drug or drugs and some of the state's more than 35 death row inmates are challenging Arkansas' new execution law in court.

The attorney general's office says it expects another legal challenge if legislators change the execution law again.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has said previously that he believes Arkansas' death penalty system is broken.