Katie Hobbs, the Democratic governor of Arizona, has made a disturbing decision, which has enraged Republican legislators and victims’ relatives.
One of her first acts as president was to halt the executions of 100 killers, including one who abducted and brutally murdered the ex-husband of his fiancée.
According to The Associated Press, Governor Hobbs issued the order on Friday “due to the state’s history of mismanaging executions.”
“In the executive order, Hobbs didn’t officially declare a moratorium on executions. However, she appointed a commissioner to oversee a review of how the death penalty is carried out — and the state’s new Democratic attorney general, Kris Mayes, has said she won’t be seeking court orders to execute prisoners while the review is underway,” according to the Western Journal.
In a press conference, Hobbs said without specifying details: “With the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry now under new leadership, it’s time to address the fact that this is a system that needs better oversight on numerous fronts.”
It is stated that the commissioner will, for example, review the following: “ADCRR procedures and protocols for conducting an execution by gas chamber and by lethal injection, including but not limited to setting lines for a lethal injection, transparency and media access, access to legal counsel for the inmate.”
“The commissioner, not yet named, is also tasked with delivering a report to Hobbs about ways to improve the death penalty process,” Conservative Brief notes.
Arizona executes condemned prisoners in two ways: By gas chamber or lethal injection. After voters approved the latter method in 1992, inmates on death row are allowed to choose the way they want to be put to death.
In addition, the Western Journal reported:
A botched 2014 execution and difficulties obtaining the drugs necessary to carry out lethal injections put an eight-year hold on the death penalty.
However, in 2020, Arizona announced it had found a compounding pharmacist to supply the necessary drugs, and the state announced in the spring of 2021 it had finally gotten a supply of the drugs.
Former Republican governor Doug Ducey carried out three executions, which were also the subject of debate.
“Since resuming executions, the state has been criticized for taking too long to insert an IV into a condemned prisoner’s body in early May and for denying the Arizona Republic newspaper’s request to witness the last three executions,” the AP reports.
Arizona currently has 110 death row inmates.
Just The News reported that Hobbs announced a $17.1 billion budget proposal that she claimed would reduce costs. However, conservative legislative Republicans are likely to oppose it because it incorporates leftist policies.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“We have an opportunity to make a significant change in the lives of the families and communities of this state. We are committed to facing our challenges head on to build a resilient, innovative and prosperous Arizona for everyone,” said the governor. She added that her budget focuses on affordable housing and ensures the future of Arizona’s water supply. CONTINUE READING…