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No Second Chances: What to Do After a Botched Execution

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Ohio tried and failed to execute Alva Campbell. The state shouldn't get a second chance.
The pathos and problems of America's death penalty were vividly on display yesterday when Ohio tried and failed to execute Alva Campbell. Immediately after its failure Gov. John Kasich set June 5, 2019, as a new execution date.
This plan for a second execution reveals a glaring inadequacy in the legal standards governing botched executions in the United States.
Campbell was tried and sentenced to die for murdering 18-year-old Charles Dials during a carjacking in 1997. After Campbell exhausted his legal appeals, he was denied clemency by the state parole board and the governor.
By the time the state got around to executing Campbell, he was far from the dangerous criminal of 20 years ago. As is the case with many of America's death-row inmates, the passage of time had inflicted its own punishments.
The inmate Ohio strapped onto the gurney was a 69-year-old man afflicted with serious ailm…

India Posted 81% Increase In Death Penalty In 2016, Says Amnesty Report

India awarded as many as 136 death sentences in 2016 as compared to 75 death sentences in 2015.

India registered an increase of 81 % in death sentences imposed in 2016 compared to 2015, a study released by Amnesty International has said.

As per the global report on death sentences and executions, India awarded as many as 136 death sentences in 2016 as compared to 75 death sentences in 2015 and the crimes for which capital punishment was awarded mainly included murders.

The figure almost doubled in 2016 on account of the new anti-hijacking law, which allowed for capital punishment even in cases of hijacking (though only for those that result in the deaths of hostages, security personnel or any person not involved in the offence), it said.

According to the report, India did not register a single execution in 2016 but it had more than 400 prisoners who were to be executed at the end of the year.

In comparison, Pakistan recorded a significant dip of 73 % in the number of executions. More than 320 people were executed in Pakistan in 2015 while last year, only around 87 people were executed in the country.

The Amnesty International report said that India is among the few countries that imposed death penalty for drug related offences.

"The death penalty was imposed or implemented for drug- related offences in a number of countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam," it said.

Amnesty International, which comes out with a report on death sentences and executions every year, also said that in 2016, there was a considerable drop in number of executions worldwide.

A total of 1,032 persons were executed in 23 countries in 2016 in comparison to 1,634 executions in 25 countries in 2015, adding that 2 of the 25 countries that had executed death penalty in 2015 abolished it in 2016.

Of the total executions in 2016, most took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan, in that order.

The report states that though China continued to be the world's top executioner, the true extent of the use of death penalty is unknown as this data is considered a state secret.

Among India's neighbours, Pakistan had the highest number of death sentences at 360, followed by Bangladesh at 245. Sri Lanka had 79 death sentences last year.

For the 1st time since 2006, the USA was not one of the 5 biggest executioners, falling to 7th behind Egypt.

The 20 executions in the USA was the lowest in the country since 1991.

Source: Huffington Post, April 11, 2017

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