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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.
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South Carolina lawmakers to consider electrocuting death row inmates if lethal injection drugs unavailable


South Carolina lawmakers are set to discuss a proposal Wednesday afternoon that would allow the state to execute death row inmates using the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are not available. 

Under current law, criminals sentenced to the death penalty in South Carolina can choose whether to die by lethal injection or electrocution. 

But because the state does not currently have access to the necessary drugs to complete a lethal injection, authorities have not been able to execute anyone in 6 years. 

A bill proposed by state Sen. William Timmons, R-Greenville, would allow the state to electrocute death row inmates if those drugs remain unavailable, even if they elect for lethal injection. 

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The Senate Corrections and Penology Study Committee is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday to debate the measure. 

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has also called on the Legislature to pass a "shield law," which would allow companies to sell the drugs to the state confidentially in order to avoid public scrutiny. 

Source: Post and Courier, Jamie Lovegrove, January 10


Todd Kohlhepp victims plead with senators to improve South Carolina system for executions


Victims of Upstate serial killer Todd Kohlhepp on Wednesday pleaded with senators to improve the state's execution system after the state's prisons director said his agency no longer has the ability to carry out lethal injections. 

Sen. William Timmons of Greenville, a former prosecutor, has proposed 2 bills to change that. 

The 1st would shield firms that supply lethal injection drugs and the 2nd would require those sentenced to death to be executed in an electric chair if lethal injection is not available. 

The Senate panel that took both bills up heard testimony and asked for additional information before adjourning. 

Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, who chairs the subcommittee, said he believes the panel will meet again soon and pass out at least 1 of the bills. 

"I think some of the attention over the last couple of months has educated legislators as to how big of an issue it is," he said. "Right now I'm optimistic something will move forward. I think there clearly is a problem. It's a problem for solicitors. It's a problem for the Department of Corrections and we need to try and fix it." 

Timmons said he is hopeful both of his bills will pass. 

Source: Anderson Independent Mail, January 10, 2018


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