The federal death chamber at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, as seen in April 1995.
AP Photo/Chuck Robinson
The most commonly used justification for capital punishment is not actually supported by evidence.
Empty, but for how long?
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The Justice Department has approved alternatives to lethal injections for federal executions. But no method of capital punishment has been without gruesome stories of what went wrong.
The lethal injection chamber at a California prison.
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The promised benefits of lethal injection – a quick, painless death – have never come true. There’s not even agreement about which drugs are best for executions.
Could using the guillotine be more humane than execution by lethal injection?
Many recent executions in the US by lethal injections have resulted in prolonged suffering before death. A historian asks: Could the guillotine be a preferable method?
The newly completed execution chamber at Ely State Prison in Ely, Nevada.
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Nevada plans to use a new drug protocol for executing Scott Dozier, who murdered a 22-year-old. A scholar explains why this is problematic.
Executed in Bahrain.
State killings are the latest demonstration of the country’s regression.
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Victorians revelled in images and descriptions of murder and mutilation which would today be regarded as shocking.
Residents of a Manila neighbourhood gather at the scene of the killing of an alleged drug dealer by police.
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To understand Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power and the public support for killing drug dealers and users, we need to distinguish the empirical from the normative – the ‘what is’ from ‘what should be’.
Human rights experts in Indonesia have repeatedly called for the government to stop the use of capital punishment.
Not only does the death penalty violate human rights, executions in Indonesia are carried out under a deeply flawed justice system.
Gallows legacy. Albert Pierrepoint and the nature of the executioner.
50 years after the UK first experimented with removing the death penalty for murder, one name has become our bridge to the hangman’s noose.
Capital punishment is unfairly imposed, innocent people are regularly condemned and it is patently ineffective in deterring crime. So why to states retain the death penalty?
Demonstration against the death penalty in Paris.
World Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Not only does capital punishment not deter crime but it’s more expensive than keeping a convicted murderer in prison for life.
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi waves at his trial with other Muslim Brotherhood members in Cairo, in May. He was subsequently sentenced to death. Egypt is among a handful of African countries that regularly execute.
Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
As with most aspects of criminal justice in sub-Saharan Africa, the death penalty as it currently exists in law is a colonial import. Criminal justice before the modern era was a private matter.
Feelings are running high in Australia.
Whatever you think of capital punishment, if your police force helps convict people of capital crimes, you are complicit to some degree.
The relationship with Indonesia is more important than the protest over two dead drug traffickers and Australians need their ambassador in Jakarta.
Australians are the ones who suffer when consular support is weakened overseas.
A protest against the killing of journalists by the Islamic State
Over recent weeks there has been a constant background noise that Islamic State and its ideology are some sort of throwback to a distant past. It is often framed in language used last week by the deputy…