OKLAHOMA (USA): EXECUTIONS STAYED UNTIL AGREEMENT REACHED ON NEW PROCEDURES
September 13, 2016: Oklahoma will have a two-year delay in lethal injections after the government board of the prison system declined to consider new execution procedures. After a botched execution in 2014 and numerous drug mix-ups in 2015, Attorney General Scott Pruitt refuses to set execution dates until new protocols have been approved.
After the botched execution, legislators approved the use of nitrogen gas an an alternative to lethal injection.
There are currently five inmates who have exhausted all of their appeals and are awaiting an execution date. This November, a question will be placed on voting ballots asking whether or not Oklahomans want to incorporate the death penalty in their state constitution. (Sources: Jurist, 14/09/2016)