MCALISTER, Okla. – After a high-profile execution went wrong on Tuesday night, many people are wondering about the process in which inmates are put to death.
Under Oklahoma law, death row inmates are injected with three different drugs that are supposed to cause unconsciousness, cause them to stop breathing and stop their heart.
Oklahoma’s current drug penalty law was enacted in 1977 after electrocution was deemed unconstitutional in 1972.
Between 1915 and 2014, Oklahoma has executed a total of 191 men and three women.
The average number of days on death row for an inmate is 4,531, which is about 12 and a half years.
Since 1960, all of the people who were executed in Oklahoma were convicted of murder.
Oklahoma’s death row is less extensive than Texas’ but is overwhelming compared to Kansas.
According to the Texas Department of Corrections website, executions in Texas use a single drug protocol of pentobarbital.
Currently, there are 274 inmates on death row in Texas.
In all, the Lone Star State has put 546 people to death.
In Kansas, there are currently nine people on death row.
Kansas’ Department of Corrections says a number of inmates have been convicted of murder but were sentenced to life in prison instead of death.
The state has not conducted an execution since 1965.
While executions usually go according to plan, this is not the first time an execution has gone wrong in Oklahoma.
!n 1992, Robyn Lee Parks had a violent reaction to the injection drugs.
In 1997, Scott Carpenter also began to gasp and shake after receiving the drugs.