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Lawmakers Reject New Gas Chamber

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File photo of a lethal injection death chamber (photo: PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a lethal injection death chamber (photo: PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Carson City, NV)  —  Nevada lawmakers have rejected funding for a new execution chamber.

A joint panel turned down a request by state corrections chief Greg Cox to build the $700,000 chamber at the Ely State Prison.

Cox says the old gas chamber at the now-closed state prison in Carson City does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Because there is no elevator access, disabled prisoners have to be carried to their execution. Cox argued this could make the state a target for future lawsuits.

There are 83 inmates on Nevada’s death row.  The last execution took place in 2006.

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