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Editor’s Note: This column is the product of a research collaboration with five Amherst College students, Mattea Denney, Nicolas Graber-Mitchell, Greene Ko, Rose Mroczka, and Lauren Pelosi. In a column last month, I argued that over the last decade the lethal injection paradigm decomposed as new drugs and drug cocktails were adopted in death penalty states. As this happened, the number of problems encountered during executions multiplied. Of all the techniques used to put people to death in the United States since the start of the twentieth century, by 2010 lethal injection already had shown itself to be the most problematic . Since then, things have only gotten worse As lethal injection mishaps multiplied, death penalty states did not sit idly by . Over the last decade, they responded in two ways . My research collaborators and I found that while some states modified their execution procedures to make mishaps less likely, others introduced greater ambiguity and discretion into their

Catholic Church seeks international support to oppose death penalty in Papua New Guinea

The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea has spoken out against the resumption of the death penalty, with government plans to execute 13 death row inmates by the end of the year.

The death penalty has not been used in PNG for more than 50 years, but the National Executive Council has approved 3 modes of execution - lethal injection, firing squad and hanging, although at the moment there is no suitable infrastructure in place.

Now, both Indonesia and Thailand have stepped in with offers of financial assistance and expertise.

Archbishop John Ribat says he knows the church's voice may not necessarily be heard by the government but they have to try.

Source: Radio Australia, February 17, 2015

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