00:25 GMT +315 November 2019
Listen Live
    Death penalty

    Three US States Perform 80% of Death Penalty Executions - Advocacy Group

    CC BY-SA 2.0 / Global Panorama / Death Noose
    US
    Get short URL
    0 14
    Subscribe

    Eighty percent of all US capital punishment executions took place in three states in 2014, US advocacy group National Coalition to Abolish The Death Penalty (NCADP) Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney said in a statement on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled against limiting the use of the controversial drug midazolam during executions, saying it does not violate the eighth amendment of the US constitution that prohibits cruel or unusual punishments.

    Rust-Tierney said the drugs utilized in US lethal injections have been found to cause torture.

    “It’s hard to imagine what could be crueler than a prolonged, torturous death, or more unusual, given that 80% of the executions in the United States last year took place in just 3 states,” Rust-Tierney said.

    US citizens should recommit themselves to making sure lawmakers, attorneys, and the US Supreme Court understand that the US death penalty must be eliminated, Rust-Tierney added.

    Thirty-one US states still have the death penalty. Texas, Florida, and Missouri had the highest rate of executions in 2014, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

    More than 800 people have been executed in the United States over the past 15 years. The largest number of executions, 85, occurred in 2000. Thirty-five people were executed in the United States in 2014.

    The NCADP is a US advocacy group dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty and includes more than 100 affiliate organizations, according to its website.

    Related:

    US Supreme Court Allows Lethal Injection Drug
    Japanese Authorities Distract Public to Proceed With Executions
    Judge Formally Imposes Death Sentence for Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev
    Tags:
    executions, death penalty, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP), US Supreme Court, Diann Rust-Tierney, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik