States Study Use of Fentanyl as Execution Drug

By Christopher Zoukis Faced with pharmaceutical supplier refusals, states are having serious difficulty obtaining the lethal drugs used for current execution protocols, so they are increasingly examining alternatives — including fentanyl, the synthetic drug that is in large part responsible for the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic. Nevada and Nebraska have developed execution protocols including fentanyl, […]

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St. Louis Workhouse Inmates Sue over “Hellish” Conditions

Claiming a variety of problems at their former place of incarceration created “unspeakably hellish and inhumane conditions,” seven former inmates (two of whom shielded their identities with pseudonyms) of the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the “Workhouse,” filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court on Nov. 13. The ex-inmates claim long-known but ignored defects […]

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