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Urgent Actions Against the Death Penalty




December 14, 2015

Senator Cam Ward


Senate Judiciary Committee

201 1st St. N.

Alabaster, AL 35007

Dear Senator Ward,

Please work with Governor Bentley to stay the January 21 execution of Christopher Brooks.

Mr. Brooks is a part of a final evidentiary hearing with five other plaintiffs scheduled for April 19 with U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins, challenging the use of midazolam as part of the drug combination. If his name is associated with five other individuals and it is, he has a legal right to be present for the hearing.

Midazolam is not a drug that we should be using to kill people. A year ago in Arizona, Joseph Wood's execution reverted into a cruel and unusual two hour killing of him. This "piece of trash" drug didn't work. Mr. Wood was first injected with 50 mg of the drug at 1:53 local time. It didn't kill him. At 2:09, he was again injected with 50mg and again it didn't work; the prison officials injected him 13 more times, and he was pronounced dead after the 15th injection, approximately 2 hours after the first injection. During that 2-hour time frame, witnesses said they saw him gulp and gasp in pain more than 600 times. Mr. Wood was tortured. Why do we want to do that to Mr. Brooks or anyone for that matter?

Assistant Federal defender John Palombi said, "Alabama has not yet carried out an execution using midazolan in either a 1-drug or a 3-drug protocol. The time to evaluate whether such a protocol creates an unreasonable risk of severe pain is not after an execution using a new protocol, but before."

Why do we want to use a drug that we don't know who made it or where it came from? Why do we want to treat anyone like Joseph Wood? Why do we kill someone to see if the drug works? That is wrong and we must stop doing wrong "stuff."

Please, work with Governor Bentley and stay Mr. Brook's execution. It is the "right" approach for all involved.

Thank you for your efforts.





The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has launched a public consultation on its proposed new lethal injection protocol. The public has until 22 January to submit comments on the regulation, the adoption of which would allow for the resumption of executions in the US state with the highest death row population.

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) began a public consultation on 6 November on its new lethal injection protocol. Among other changes, the proposed new regulation introduces a single-drug lethal injection protocol which means that any one of four barbiturates listed in the regulations may be selected as the chemical to be used in the execution. It also establishes criteria for the selection, recruitment and training of lethal injection team members; and establishes procedures and timeframes for the movement and observation of prisoners once the execution warrant has been served.

Members of the public have until 22 January 2016 to submit comments on the proposed new regulation, after which the CDCR will have the opportunity to amend its proposal. Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception, regardless of the nature or circumstances of the crime; guilt, innocence or other characteristics of the individual; or the method used by the state to carry out the execution.

California is the US state with the highest number of prisoners under sentence of death, 745 as of December 2015. The last execution was carried out in 2006 and the implementation of the death penalty has been on hold since then, as legal challenges on the state's lethal injection procedures resulted in the invalidation of lethal injection procedures. In order to be able to resume executions, the California authorities need to put in place new operational regulations on executions.


In order to be able to resume executions, the authorities of California, USA, need to put in place new operational regulations on executions. To this aim, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) issued the notice of public consultation 15-10 on 6 November 2015, providing details of proposed changes to Section 3349 and the adoption of Sections 3349.1, 3349.2, 3349.3, 3349.4, 3349.5, 3349.6, 3349.7, 3349.8, and 3349.9 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 15, Crime Prevention and Corrections (hereafter, the proposed new regulation).

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UA: 287/15 Index: AMR 51/3065/2015 Issue Date: 14 December 2015

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* Urging the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to immediately halt its plans to adopt the new lethal injection regulation and work with other state authorities to abolish the death penalty;

* Urging the California authorities to establish an official moratorium on all executions as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty, in line with the international and national trend and five UN General Assembly resolutions adopted since 2007;

* Reminding them that the USA is among the minority of countries that still executes, and that there is no humane way to kill.


Chief, Regulation and Policy Management Branch

Timothy M. Lockwood

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - Regulation and Policy Management Branch

P.O. 942883 Sacramento, CA

94283-0001, USA

Fax: +1 916 324 6075

Email: LI.comments@cdcr.ca.gov

Salutation: Dear Mr. Lockwood

Governor of California

Edmund G. Brown Jr.

c/o State Capitol

Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA

95814, USA

Fax: +1 916 5583160

Email: governor@governor.ca.gov

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