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