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The Death PenaltyA Worldwide Perspective$
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Roger Hood CBE QC (Hon) DCL FBA and Carolyn Hoyle

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228478.001.0001

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The Death Penalty in Reality: The Process of Execution and the Death Row Experience

The Death Penalty in Reality: The Process of Execution and the Death Row Experience

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(p.155) 5 The Death Penalty in Reality: The Process of Execution and the Death Row Experience
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The Death Penalty
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Roger Hood

Carolyn Hoyle

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228478.003.0006

This chapter examines the processes of implementing capital punishment; the modes of execution — paying particular attention to the current controversy over whether lethal injection can amount to ‘cruel and unusual punishment’; public executions; whether physicians should play any part in the execution process; and the conditions and length of confinement for those sentenced to death but awaiting the outcome of appeals or clemency on death row. It concludes that whatever justifications might be put forward for capital punishment, the process of inflicting it inevitably involves collateral abuses of human rights.

Keywords:   death row, execution method, physician, human rights, lethal injection

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