Execution in America

Execution in America

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Saying 'No' to El Chapo, Tooth Enamel, Death Penalty

Episode: Saying 'No' to El Chapo, Tooth Enamel, Death Penalty

  • Jan 21, 2016 10:00 pm
  • 20:34 mins

Guest: Austin Sarat, JD, Professor of Law and Political Science at Amherst College, Author of “Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty”  Last year, numerous states began authorizing alternative methods of executing death row inmates if they run out of drugs used in lethal injection. Those drugs have become increasingly difficult to obtain for a variety of reasons.  In Utah lawmakers voted to reinstate the firing squad as a backup plan for execution. Electrocution is the backup plan under consideration in Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia. Oklahoma is considering something even more dramatic – a form of the gas chamber that entails death by nitrogen inhalation.  And the irony here, is that all of those methods have fallen out of favor over the years because lethal injection has been seen as more humane.