The Alabama Department of Corrections botched the execution of Joe Nathan James Jr. on July 28th of this year. Alan Eugene Miller was the next man scheduled to be executed by the state on September 22nd, 2022 for having killed three people in 1999. But did the state learn from James’ harrowing case to conduct Miller’s execution with grace and expediency?

At Holman Correctional Facility, in Atmore, Alabama, the prisoners have a tradition of beating their doors when guards take a man from the holding area colloquially known as the “death cell” to the execution chamber to be killed.