While a shortage of lethal injection drugs is making it harder to carry out executions nationwide, some states are trying to bring back old execution methods to achieve their macabre goal.
Electric chairs, firing squads, gas chambers and hanging – those methods of execution which seemed to belong to another age – are being seriously considered by some state lawmakers. The reason for the drug shortage is that manufacturers refuse on moral grounds to sell their products for use in executions.
Two-thirds of the world’s countries oppose the death penalty. As support for the death penalty hits an all time low and lethal injection drugs become unavailable, some death penalty supporters and states are growing even more extreme.
Here are some of the most recent pieces on extreme death penalty legislation and news across the country:
- The recent history of states contemplating firing squads and other execution methods (by Mark Berman in The Washington Post)
- Tennessee brings back electric chair while Wyoming considers firing squad (by Ed Pilkington in The Guardian)
- Tennessee and the electric chair: A Q&A with death penalty expert Austin Sarat (by Steven Hsieh in The Nation)
- Utah lawmaker proposes firing squad executions for death row inmates (by Associated Press in The Guardian)
- Louisiana tries to bring back electric chair and make lethal injection drugs secret, luckily fails at both (by Lauren Galik on Reason.com)
- How every method of execution can go terribly wrong (by Simon McCormack and Jan Diehm in The Huffington Post)
- There’s no humane way to carry out the death penalty (by Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post)
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