Innocence Project on the Scheduled Execution of Kenneth Smith in Alabama

01.25.24 By Innocence Staff

FILE- This Oct. 7, 2002 file photo shows Alabama's  lethal injection chamber at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala.   Disease and suicide are claiming inmates on Alabama’s death row faster than the executioner. With Alabama’s capital punishment mechanism on hold for more than two years because of legal challenges and a shortage of drugs for lethal injections, five of the state’s death row inmates have died without ever seeing the inside of the execution chamber.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

FILE- This Oct. 7, 2002 file photo shows Alabama’s lethal injection chamber at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala.

Today, the state of Alabama is scheduled to conduct an execution via nitrogen hypoxia, a method that has never been used on a human being and is prohibited for the euthanasia of animals. This is Alabama’s second attempt to execute Kenneth Smith, who survived a botched lethal injection just 14 months ago. The Innocence Project – whose mission is to free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions and create fair, compassionate and equitable systems of justice for everyone – currently represents multiple individuals under sentence of death. Because more than 3,000 innocent people have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated in the United States, including almost 200 who were sentenced to death; because it is likely that innocent people have been executed; and because no person should be subjected to torture, we condemn Alabama’s use of this untested method of execution. Our hearts go out to the friends and families of Elizabeth Sennett and Kenneth Smith.