Hobbs, Mayes Temporarily Halt Death Penalty in Arizona

by Cameron Arcand


Gov. Katie Hobbs issued an executive order on Friday to review the death penalty process in Arizona, while a stay from Attorney General Kris Mayes halts it for the time.

Hobbs will be selecting an “independent review commissioner” to investigate “all components” of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, & Reentry’s “execution process for lethal injections and the gas chamber,” the order states.

“With the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry now under new leadership, it’s time to address the fact that this is a system that needs better oversight on numerous fronts,” the governor said in a news release.

“Arizona has a history of mismanaged executions that have resulted in serious questions and concerns about ADCRR’s execution protocols and lack of transparency. I’m confident that under Director Thornell, ADCRR will take this executive action seriously,” Hobbs continued.

The governor held a news conference on Friday, but no commissioner was announced.

Mayes supported the move and decided to file a motion to withdraw inmate Aaron Gunches’ request to be executed, as he originally asked former Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office for him to be executed in November but later changed his mind in January, ABC15 Arizona reported. The move by Mayes essentially pauses the death penalty in the state for the time being.

“I welcome Governor Hobbs’ efforts to increase transparency and oversight into Arizona’s execution process and protocols,” Mayes said. “I look forward to the full report from the Commissioner and to ensuring that if executions are carried out, they are handled in a transparent and accountable manner in our state,” Mayes said in the news release.

There were three executions in Arizona in 2022, which were the first since 2014, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

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Cameron Arcand is a contributor to The Center Square. 
Photo “Katie Hobbs” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0. Photo “Kris Mayes” by Kris Mayes for Arizona. Background Photo “Arizona State Capitol” by Wars. CC BY-SA 3.0.




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9 Thoughts to “Hobbs, Mayes Temporarily Halt Death Penalty in Arizona”

  1. RC

    This bunch that are either communists or fascists (nazis) running our country from Biden on down are really queer for using executive orders to bypass anything we the people of the U.S. want or need.

  2. Casca

    Reinstate the death penalty for election cheaters.

  3. Zola Holt

    Completely understandable – Death Row inmates are the epitome of the Democrat target voter demographic.

  4. Dana

    What goes through a lawgiver’s mind, that they want to get the felon family votes??

  5. Rigged , stolen, fraudulent elections of consequences when few complain. Things will get much, much worse if this gov lawlessness continues…

  6. usa

    welp, you can’t say that this airhead doesn’t follow orders… I love that kari lakes is a fighter.. she has the support of those of us who know SHE is the rightful governor.

  7. Mikr

    It’s okay to murder innocent babies. But not okay to execute guilty murderers. And we all suffer.

  8. daniel miller

    Ocean lady

    1. RC

      Nobody even close to being in his right mind wants to die. Criminal types are obviously cowards and fear is the only thing I can think of that keeps them at least a little bit honest. The death penalty as cruel as it might seems is most definitely a detergent to crime. Obviously there have been unguilty people executed. Nothing is perfect. The death penalty should be reinstated nation wide by our government. With those who’re either communists or Fascists (Nazis) in control of our country it will obviously never happen, other than to execute those of us who actually love our country. They want crime, murder, rape and God only knows what else to be OK. That most definitely is not what our country was created for and what it should now stand for. Rules, regulations and laws? Yes! A right to defend ones self? Yes. For criminals, no matter what color they are to rob, rape, steal and commit whatever crimes? NO!