Controversial Lethal Injection Execution Will Soon Take Place in Nebraska
LINCOLN – August 8, 2018
A 4-drug series lethal injection, considered to be painful and controversial by a number of human rights activists, is about to be used for capital punishment in Nebraska, local media reports.
The execution planned for Aug. 14 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln comes with significant risks for Nebraska prison officials, who haven't carried out a death sentence since using the electric chair in 1997.
No state in modern history has resumed executions after such a long hiatus, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit opposed to capital punishment that tracks how states perform executions. Nebraska is also poised to become the first state to use a four-drug protocol, including three substances that have never been used in a lethal injection.
The use of the 4-drug lethal injection was met with strong resistance, and there is no doubt both sides will continue the struggle over the issue.