Nov 6, 2014 8:07 PM by Debbie Cobb
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A victims' rights organization is suing California state officials, seeking to speed up executions that have been on hold since 2006.
Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation filed a petition in Sacramento County Superior Court on Thursday.
The foundation is asking a judge to order state corrections officials to adopt procedures for single-drug executions.
State policy currently calls for using a series of three drugs to put condemned inmates to death.
The corrections department is drafting new lethal injection regulations after Gov. Jerry Brown said the state would switch to a single-drug lethal injection.
The foundation says the department is taking too long to adopt the new regulations.
No executions can occur until the new rules are adopted.
The department says a nationwide shortage of execution drugs is slowing progress.
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