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’

Lethal injection has been adopted by states 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

Lethal Injection Cases

Brandon Rhode

Dennis McGuire

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