“This continuing litany of errors makes you question whether the Department of Corrections is uniquely incompetent or whether that incompetence pervades the administration of capital punishment in Oklahoma. Warner’s last words were that his body was on fire. That suggests that the midazolam did not work in rendering him insensate and that the drug that was used for the killing produced intense pain. Now we know the wrong drug was used and Department of Corrections officials either didn’t know or didn’t care.”

– Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, regarding Thursday’s revelation that the January execution of Charles Warner was carried out with the wrong drug (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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