Former death row inmate testifying against the death penalty saying he used to believe in it but not anymore
photo by KATV's Janelle Lilley
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An Arkansas legislative panel has approved a proposal to allow certain relatives of victims to attend executions despite opposition from the Department of Correction.
The Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed a measure that would allow some adult relatives of victims to watch executions in person. Current law says adult relatives of victims can watch executions on a closed-circuit TV.
Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Dina Tyler spoke out Wednesday against the proposal filed by Republican Sen. Bart Hester of Cave Springs.
Tyler says the execution chamber is a very small room and that emotions run high during executions.
The measure now heads to the Senate for a vote.
Arkansas doesn't have any pending executions. The state Supreme Court struck down Arkansas' lethal injection law last year.