TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 30, 2013

The Tennessee Department of Correction announced Friday that it is switching from a three-drug method to a single-drug method to execute death row inmates, the Associated Press reports. The new protocol now calls for using the sedative pentobarbital only to put an inmate to death. Tennessee's supply of sodium thiopental, one of three drugs previously used in lethal injections, was turned over to the federal government in 2011 over questions about how it was imported. The short supply of sodium thiopental in the United States has led many death penalty states to seek out other drugs. Read more in the Memphis Daily News.