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

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Dennis McGuire

Clayton Lockett

Death Penalty News

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July 11, 2018

Judge blocks Nevada execution – rules that state may not use sedative against manufacturer’s wishes

A Nevada judge has blocked tonight’s scheduled execution of Scott Dozier by ruling that the…
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July 10, 2018

Pharma corporation sues to block Nevada execution

The American pharmaceutical company Alvogen is suing the state of Nevada to prevent the use…
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December 20, 2017

Our year in human rights: Five achievements from 2017

2017 has been a busy year for Reprieve US. Through a combination of legal action…
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December 5, 2017

Our year in human rights: successes and challenges

As this year draws to a close, it is important to look back on the…
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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…
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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…