Gruesomely Botched Executions

Apr 6, 2017 at 4:14 pm |

Cruel and unusual punishment?

One of the main criticisms of the death penalty is that executions constitute “cruel and unusual punishment”, which is banned by the U.S. Constitution. No matter how “smoothly” an execution is supposed to go, there is always risk of a botched procedure. Whether from malicious intent from a cruel or vengeful executioner or faulty equipment or drugs, executions aren’t always quick and painless, and about 3% of executions result in horrifically gory and painful deaths that many people believe not even the most ruthless killer deserves. Here are some of those botched executions:

Electric Chair at Sing Sing prison

Source: Wikipedia/George Eastman House

Cruel and unusual punishment?

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