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Arizona Attorney General Again Asks Governor For Help Attaining Death Penalty Drugs

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The death chamber at Arizona State Prison Complex - Florence.

As the federal government resumes executions, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is again calling for the state to do the same.

Echoing a letter he sent him a year ago,  Brnovich asked Gov. Doug Ducey for his "assistance in procuring the drugs necessary to resume executions in Arizona."

The state is seeking pentobarbital, which the federal government recently acquired and used Tuesday to execute a death row inmate for the first time in 17 years.

The attorney general  cited recent court settlements that would protect the identity of potential suppliers of the drug in his bid for assistance from the governor.

A spokesperson for Ducey said their office had received the letter and they would “continue working with the Department of Corrections to ensure justice is served and that we follow the law.”

According to the Department of Corrections, there are 116 inmates currently on death-row in Arizona. 

The Show spoke with Dale Baich, the assistant federal public defender representing death row inmates, and began by asking whether he was surprised by the attorney general’s actions.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.