Alabama House Votes To Bring Back Electric Chair
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The vote came just days after a majority Utah’s legislature approved a bill to bring back the practice of executing people by firing squad. Other states are debating the merits of using gas chambers.
After the European Union banned exports of drugs used to kill human beings in 2011, states have been scrambling to find a reliable supply, often turning to secret, poorly regulated sources.
These bills to revive older methods of execution were proposed following a series ofbotched executions in which inmates suffered long and seemingly painful deaths — calling into question whether the drugs are as effective and “humane” as their supporters claimed.
Yet medical experts say the electric chair — which was used for hundreds of years — is an even more torturous and gruesome method of execution. Because the equipment is old and few people know how to operate it, it has often malfunctioned.
In 1982, an inmate’s head and leg caught on fire mid-execution, producing the “odor and sizzling sound of burning flesh.” A 1983 execution in Alabama “took 14 minutes and left Evans’s body charred and smoldering.” In 1990 in Virginia, “blood spewed from the right side of the mask” on the inmate’s face, drenching his shirt with blood and causing a sizzling sound as blood dripped from his lips.” The man “continued to moan before a second jolt of electricity was applied.”