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Death Row Inmates Invited To Comment On Lethal Injection

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San Quentin Prison holds California's death row inmates.

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Prisoners on death row in California are being invited to comment on the procedure that could kill them.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has proposed a single lethal injection to replace the three-drug method struck down by courts. The state created the rule after a legal settlement to restart the death penalty process, which has stalled since 2005.

The public has until January to comment on the proposal.

"The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has an additional and a unique requirement that no other state agency has," says deputy press secretary Terry Thornton. "Under the law we also must notice the inmate population, and that includes condemned inmates."

Thornton says the rule is designed to give inmates a voice in the policies that govern them and all 747 on death row have received copies.

The state must consider and respond to public comments before finalizing the rule.