Florida's Electric Chair: Will We Return to This?

From the Florida Department of Corrections:

The electric chair is made of oak and was constructed by Corrections Department personnel in 1998. It was installed at Florida State Prison in Starke in 1999, replacing the chair constructed in 1923. It should be noted that the only aspect of the current electric chair that is new is the wooden structure of the chair itself. The apparatus that administers the electric current to the condemned prisoner is the same that has been used in recent years. It is regularly tested to ensure proper functioning.

From the Death Penalty Information Center, some very horrible photos of the last Florida execution in this very electric chair (in 1999), did you know about all the blood that goes with an electrocution?  Remember, it's a cruel and unusual punishment standard ....




Carl Hiassen's Op-Ed Regarding Florida Death Penalty Worth Your Time to Read

Maybe you've read some of Carl Hiassen's thrillers over the years - or maybe your kids have read some of Carl Hiassen's children's books (like Flush, Chomp, or Scat).  

If you haven't, then you just might like to check out (and have a great laugh or two) how Florida is portrayed in Sick Puppy, Skinny Dip, or Bad Monkey.  

Then there's Carl Hiassen's column published by the Miami Herald.  Maybe that's how you recognize his name.

The big thing this week, however, isn't his regular piece in the paper, or any of his books -- it is Carl Hiassen's op-ed piece on capital punishment in this country, particularly in the State of Florida.

It's online to read for free, entitled "Let's put an end to the executions" and it's worth your time. 

And if HIassen's words leaving you wanting more, there's a good summary of where we are with all those drugs being used in the Lethal Injection cocktails in the Tampa Tribune, written by James Rosica, entitled "Secrecy shrouds state's lethal injection drugs." 

Scary stuff, what is happening in lethal injection executions in this country today.  Very, very scary. 

Washington State Halts Executions Because the Governor Will Block Them

Up in Washington, there isn't going to be any executions for awhile because the current governor, Governor Jay Inslee, has announced that he's against the death penalty and he's going to use his power to issue reprieves to stop executions in that state.

This means that defendants can still face the death penalty in trials, and capital punishment can still be assessed -- but if there is an execution set up, then the state governor in Washington is going to block it.  

Why?  From Gov. Jay Inslee (click the link to read the full release):

“Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility. And in death penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served.  The use of the death penalty in this state is unequally applied, sometimes dependent on the budget of the county where the crime occurred.”

“In death penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served,.... The use of the death penalty is unequally applied, sometimes dependent on the budget of the county where the crime is committed.”

Execution List 2014

The Death Penalty Information Center keeps track of executions in the United States and you can review the list, which includes name, date of death, which state executed the person, and more online here (click on the image):

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