Thursday, March 12, 2015

Alabama brings back the electric chair

MONTGOMERY — A bill that would bring back the electric chair as a solution to Alabama's difficulties with the death penalty passed the state House of Representatives in a 72-24 vote Wednesday.

The bill would require use of the electric chair for executions if Alabama runs out of drugs for use in execution by lethal injection. "We're all aware that the system is not working," said Rep. Lynn Greer, R-Rogersville, the sponsor of the bill.

"We have several people that are on death row today and there's nothing we can do."

Alabama has 195 people on death row, but hasn't executed an inmate since 2013. Boycotts by European drugmakers have forced many states to change the combinations of drugs they use to kill inmates, and every new drug combination comes with court challenges.


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