A new book gruesome spectacles botched executions and americas death penalty describes the history of flawed executions in the us from 1890 to 2010during that period 8776 people were executed and 276 of those executions went wrong in some way of all the methods used lethal injection had the highest rate of botched executions about 7. Gruesome spectacles tells the sobering history of botched mismanaged and painful executions in the us from 1890 to the present since the books initial publication in 2014 the cruel and unusual executions of a number of people on death row including clayton lockett in oklahoma and joseph wood in arizona have made headlines and renewed vigorous debate surrounding the death penalty in . It is estimated that 3 of us executions in the period from 1890 to 2010 were botched in the 2014 book gruesome spectacles botched executions and americas death penalty austin sarat a professor of jurisprudence and political science at amherst college describes the history of flawed executions in the us during that periodsarat reports that over those 120 years 8776 people were . Sarat argues that unlike in the past todays botched executions seem less like inexplicable mishaps and more like the latest symptoms of a death penalty machinery in disarray gruesome spectacles traces the historical evolution of methods of execution from hanging or firing squad to electrocution to gas and lethal injection. Botched executions and americas death penalty humanrights there is a very fine line between describing the united states of americas gruesome spectacles of botched executions in enough detail to situate them in a legal and cultural sense and making a spectacle of them to be consumed
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