2 dozen Oklahoma inmates are slated for execution. The first of many highlights the complicated intersections of addiction, abuse, and the criminal justice system.

In this photo from a video screen, death row inmate James Coddington, right, speaks to the Oklahoma Board of Pardon and Parole Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Oklahoma City.
James Coddington is scheduled to be executed on August 25.
His killing would be the first of two dozen scheduled to take place in Oklahoma.
Coddington’s case highlights the connection between addiction and the criminal justice system.

“If this ends today with my death sentence, okay,” a condemned inmate told Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board 25 years after a dayslong cocaine bender sent him to death row.

James Coddington is scheduled on Thursday to be the first of two dozen men slated for execution in Oklahomaa state with a history of botched judicial killings that continues to defy the trend of curtailing execution rates across the country.

In 1997, Coddington had gone to the home of 73-year-old Albert Hale, his coworker at a Honda shop, to borrow $50 for cocaine. Hale, who refused to give him the money,…

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