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April 24, 2006

Human Rights Watch issues report on lethal injection

Just in time for a big Supreme Court death penalty week (details here), the public policy group Human Rights Watch has released a 65-page report, entitled "So Long as They Die: Lethal Injections in the United States."  HRW has this press release about the report, which declares that "incompetence, negligence, and irresponsibility by U.S. states put condemned prisoners at needless risk of excruciating pain during lethal injection executions."  The full report is available here, and related work by HRW on the death penalty can be found on this page.

As I have bemoaned here and here, everyone loves to focus on the death penalty, and thus the HRW report has already received coverage from Reuters and the Los Angeles Times.  The LA Times article is particularly thoughtful; it places the HRW report in the context of all the recent lethal injection litigation.

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