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Published April 13, 2017
Outrage is growing on social media over Arkansas' unprecedented plan to execute seven inmates this month but the protests have been more muted within the conservative Southern state where polls show that capital punishment is still favored.
A few dozen people regularly have kept vigil outside Gov. Asa Hutchinson's mansion, and the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty hopes to draw hundreds to a Good Friday rally at the state Capitol. High-profile critics of the executions include the author John Grisham, freed death row inmate Damien Echols and Sister Helen Prejean, who was the subject of the movie "Dead Man Walking."
Still, the Little Rock protests so far have been fervent yet small. According to a 2015 University of Arkansas poll, more than two-thirds of residents supported capital punishment.