Since 1977, more than 1,000 Americans have been executed using lethal injection.

We’re working to end lethal injections and to expose the myth of the ‘humane execution’

The lethal injection has increasingly been adopted as a ‘more humane’ alternative to hanging and the gas chamber, though it has proven to be anything but humane. The medicines used for lethal injection were originally designed to help save and improve people’s lives – not to end them. As a result, they are administered in experimental doses by prison wardens who are not medically trained, and this often leads to botched procedures.

Reprieve US advocates for an end to lethal injections and campaigns to expose the myth of the ‘humane execution’. We work successfully with major drug companies, investors, and regulators to help them to prevent misuse of medicines in the execution of prisoners by US states. Our Stop Lethal Injection Project (SLIP) has already led to actions by more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies to prevent the sale of their drugs for lethal injection. Many manufacturers have now taken steps to prevent their medicines from being used in executions, and a number of bodies representing the pharmaceutical and pharmacy sectors have spoken out against involvement in capital punishment.

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Latest Death Penalty News

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April 14, 2017

US healthcare giant sues to stop mass execution in US legal first

UPDATE — BREAKING: In response to unprecedented legal action from healthcare giant McKesson, Pulaski County Circuit issued a temporary restraining order Friday preventing Arkansas from using its supply of vecuronium bromide in six upcoming executions.

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April 13, 2017

Global drug-makers intervene in lawsuit to stop mass execution in Arkansas

Two major pharmaceutical companies are making a last minute legal intervention to stop the state of Arkansas from executing eight prisoners between 17th and 27th April.

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May 13, 2016

Pfizer blocks drug sales to American executioners

May 13th, 2016: The world’s second largest pharmaceutical firm has today officially withdrawn from the lethal injection drug trade, imposing strict distribution controls to prevent its drugs reaching execution chambers across the USA.

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April 20, 2016

Virginia lawmakers approve execution secrecy bill: Reprieve comment

April 20th, 2016: Virginia lawmakers have today voted to pass a controversial bill designed to shroud the state’s execution procedure in secrecy and shield the state and its drug suppliers from the Freedom of Information Act.

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April 11, 2016

Virginia governor revives rejected plan to mix execution drugs in secret

April 11th, 2016: Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe has resurrected a proposal to use secret batches of specially mixed medicines in executions by lethal injection, raising concerns over a lack of transparency.

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July 24, 2014

Arizona inmate takes two hours to die in botched execution using experimental two-drug cocktail

The state of Arizona has taken one hour and 57 minutes to kill a prisoner in a botched execution, which was carried out using the same combination of drugs as those used in the botched execution of an Ohio prisoner earlier this year.