Mississippi's Procedure For Executing Inmates By Lethal Injection

Lethal injection uses a combination of a chemical sedative and lethal drugs that will be delivered intravenously until death is pronounced.

The process in Mississippi:

  • Sleep-inducing sodium Pentothal will render the inmate unconscious.
  • Then a saline solution flushes the intravenous line.
  • Next is Pavulon, which stops breathing and collaspes the diaphragm and lungs.
  • A saline solution is once again used to flush the intravenous line.
  • The final injection is potassium chloride, which stops the heart, causing cardiac arrest.

Source: Mississippi Department of Corrections.