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Ark. lawmakers to meet to discuss death penalty

July 24, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — The head of Arkansas' prison system is expected to meet with legislators to talk about executions after the state's top lawyer said the current death penalty system is broken.

Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs is to appear before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

The state hasn't executed an inmate since 2005 and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said earlier this month that he doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. His recent remarks come as Arkansas grapples with legal challenges and a shortage of drugs used in lethal injections.

McDaniel and the head of the Arkansas Public Defender Commission are also scheduled to meet with lawmakers on Wednesday.

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