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Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Allowing Nitrogen Hypoxia Executions

Sue Ogrocki

A new process for administering the death sentence in Oklahoma was signed into law recently.

The practice of lethal injection has been traded for a new process involving an inert gas that replaces the inmate’s available oxygen with nitrogen and is delivered via mask or a bag placed over the face.

The bill signed by Governor Mary Fallin is said to be “…quick, humane and does not require medical personnel. Critics argue the method is largely untested and could be an unpleasant way to put someone to death.” According to KGOUreporter Kate Carlton Greer