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Eight inmates were slated for execution in Arkansas due to one of the drugs used in execution expiring at the end of April. Arkansas, though being stifled by the drug company responsible for supplying part of the drugs used for execution for a short period has officially gotten back on schedule

The executions are now back on schedule with two less inmates slated for the chair. But because of the delay two inmates are now being executed at the same time, which hasn’t happened in the U.S. for the last 17 years.

Originally a judge scheduled 8 inmates for execution over an eleven day period, these inmates were given not even two weeks to realize their lives are very soon to be on the chopping block.

The rush however, isn’t the problem. These inmates have been on death row for at the least 18 years, and have had enough time to realize what is going to happen to them. The real problem is the reason why Arkansas chose to execute eight over an eleven day period.

Putting aside the debate on the validity of the death penalty the question we’re left with what is a valid reason to rush an execution? Money? Politics? Severity of the crime? Or possibly even economic status?

As a society who is supposed to have a government above greed, and personal gain the idea is they should be completely ignored in these larger decisions. We as a society need to remove ourselves from the situation and carry out the law in the most objective manner possible.

As far as the reason goes for the rush of the executions it seems they’re aimed to reduce the cost of execution for each inmate, putting less stress on the pocket of citizens.

This fits both under two reasons, money and politics. The population of Arkansas are mostly in favor of the death penalty, and many see these executions as justice for those who lost their lives to them. Having to completely lose a large supply of an expensive drug puts an economic strain on the prison system, which as many know isn’t exactly government controlled.

This push to execute has no basis on the individuals being executed, but is purely fueled by the bias of those who control the system. This attitude has absolutely no place in our legal system.

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