The Norman Transcript

Homepage

May 24, 2014

U.S. execution methods

(Continued)

NORMAN —

· Virginia: Allows prisoners to choose between injection and electrocution. A proposal to allow the Virginia Department of Corrections to use the electric chair as a backup if drugs weren’t available passed the Virginia House but died in the Senate during this year’s legislative session. Republican Sen. Charles W. “Bill” Carrico, who sponsored the bill, said he thinks Tennessee’s decision and a high-profile botched injection in Oklahoma recently bolster the chances of his bill passing next year.

INJECTION

Thirty-five states, the federal government and the U.S. military use injection as the primary method of carrying out an execution. Three of them — New Mexico, Connecticut, and Maryland — abolished the death penalty but their laws were not retroactive, leaving inmates on death row in each state.

GAS CHAMBER

Arizona, Missouri and Wyoming allow the state to put inmates to death in the gas chamber if lethal injection drugs are not available.

HANGING

Delaware, New Hampshire and Washington allow the state to hang inmates if lethal injection drugs are not available.

FIRING SQUAD

· Oklahoma: Law on the books would allow the state to use a firing squad only if lethal injection and electrocution are found unconstitutional.

· Utah: No longer offers the firing squad as an option to inmates, but would allow it only for inmates who chose this method prior to its elimination.

— AP

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
New and Developing

Headlines

Sports
Opinion

Features

Must Read

Big 12 Media Days
Video
Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball
Business

Photos


Facebook