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Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

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"Whether guilty or not, the outcome of the death penalty is the same. In Iran, the death penalty is by hanging, and it takes from several agonising seconds to several harrowing minutes for death to occur and for everything to be over."

Every year several hundred people are executed by the Iranian authorities.
According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and other human rights groups, death row prisoners have often no access to a defence lawyer after their arrest and are sentenced to death following unfair trials and based on confessions extracted from them under torture. 
These are issues which have been addressed in IHR’s previous reports. The current report is based on first-hand accounts of several inmates held in Iran's prisons and their families. The report seeks to illustrate other aspects of how the death penalty affects the inmate, their families and, as a consequence, society.
How does a death row inmate experience his final hours?
Speaking about the final ho…

Ohio transfers sick inmate to death house ahead of execution

Alva Campbell
Ohio started final preparations Tuesday for executing a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death this week.

Death row prisoner Alva Campbell, who has said he is too ill for lethal injection, became mildly agitated when officials tried lowering him to a normal execution position during an exam last month, according to a medical review by a physician contractor for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Dr. James McWeeney noted there were no objective findings such as increased pulse rate or breathing to corroborate Campbell's anxiety. Nevertheless, he recommended allowing Campbell to lie "in a semi-recumbent position" during the execution.

The same exam failed to find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of Campbell's arms.

Campbell arrived at the death house at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at 9:59 a.m. Tuesday in Lucasville, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) south of Columbus. He is set to die by injection Wednesday.

The brother, sister and uncle of Charles Dials, fatally shot by Campbell during a 1997 carjacking, will witness the execution, the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Tuesday.

Four attorneys will witness on behalf of Campbell.

Campbell's last meal, called a special meal in Ohio, includes pork chops, greens, sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes and gravy and macaroni and cheese.

Campbell, 69, has severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as the result of a decades-long two-pack-a-day smoking habit, the prisons doctor said.

Ohio's death chamber
Campbell's attorneys said he uses a walker, relies on a colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer. They have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution, a motion opposed by the state.

The attorneys have warned that Campbell's death could become a "spectacle" if guards are unable to find suitable veins in the sick inmate's arms.

Earlier this month, Campbell lost a bid to be executed by firing squad after a federal judge questioned whether lawmakers would enact the bill needed to allow the method.

Prisons department spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said Monday that Campbell's "medical condition and history are being assessed and considered in order to identify any necessary accommodations or contingencies for his execution."

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien called Campbell "the poster child for the death penalty."

Prosecutors said his health claims are ironic given he faked paralysis to escape court custody the day of the fatal carjacking.

On April 2, 1997, Campbell was in a wheelchair when he overpowered a Franklin County sheriff's deputy on the way to a court hearing on several armed robbery charges, records show.

Campbell took the deputy's gun, carjacked the 18-year-old Dials and drove around with him for several hours before shooting him twice in the head as Dials crouched in the footwell of his own truck, according to court records.

Campbell was regularly beaten, sexually abused and tortured as a child, his attorneys have argued in court filings and before the Ohio Parole Board.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich rejected mercy for Campbell last week.

Source: ABC News, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, November 14, 2017


Execution Protest/Prayer Vigils Planned Throughout Ohio


Columbus, OH, Nov. 14—In anticipation of another execution in Ohio tomorrow, groups across the state of Ohio will gather to show their opposition to executing a terminally ill man. 

Ohioans to Stop Executions and its allies will be gathering at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, as well as in Athens, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. Click here or search www.otse.org/events for specific times and locations.

“Ohio can hold Alva Campbell accountable for his crimes and keep everyone safe without killing him” said Kevin Werner of Ohioans to Stop Executions. “The bigger concern is the impact on state employees tasked with carrying out the execution. But we’re concerned for everyone involved—the victims’ families, the inmate’s family, the legal teams and especially the corrections workers and professionals.”

Campbell’s serious health issues have sparked concern about potential complications during the execution. 

Retired Ohio corrections officials have noted how even executions without complications negatively impact prison staff.

Tens of thousands of people from across Ohio and beyond have petitioned Governor Kasich not to carry out this execution.

Source: Ohioans to Stop Executions, November 14, 2017


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