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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: June 2020

13 - Back to the Future with Execution Methods

from Part III - The Future of the Eighth Amendment


Lethal injection, the most common method of execution in the United States, is at an impasse. Despite three U.S. Supreme Court decisions upholding particular lethal injection protocols, inmates continue to challenge this method on the grounds that it is inhumane and unconstitutional, and states continue to cling to scientifically uninformed procedures in an effort to ensure the death penalty’s survival generally. Yet lethal injection is simply the last in a long line of disastrous execution methods.