Washington D.C., Jun 8, 2021 / 09:17 am
Arizona bishops are “very concerned” that the state could resume executions this fall – including the possibility of executions by gas chamber.
Documents obtained by The Guardian show that Arizona’s department of corrections spent more than $2,000 on the necessary ingredients to make hydrogen cyanide gas - the same type of gas used in the infamous Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz.
The documents also reveal the state has “refurbished” its gas chamber for executions.
Ron Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, told CNA on Monday that no matter the method of execution, “the bishops of Arizona are very concerned we might be resuming executions in Arizona as early as late September or early October after a seven year pause from litigation.”