Eighteen executions took place in the country in 2022, according to the body’s annual report, the lowest number since 1991, excluding the pandemic years 2020 and 2021.
2022 was a year marked by “a large number of states that had failed executions” or were marked by malfunctions, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) added in a press release.
“Seven out of 20 attempted executions were clearly problematic – a staggering 35% – due to the incompetence of the executioner, failure to follow the protocols, or errors in the protocols themselves,” continues the organization, noting the unnecessary suffering inflicted and the added trauma, the relatives of the victims and the convicted.
In Alabama, for example, it took three hours to place an infusion on July 28, 2022, during the execution by lethal injection of Joe James, sentenced to death for murder, recalls DPIC.
Two other execution attempts in Alabama, a country state in the southern United States, were aborted due to problems with the installation of the infusion. The state’s governor called for a review of lethal injection procedures and said Alabama would not carry out any more executions until the results are in.
Thirty-seven of the 50 states in the United States have abolished the death penalty or have not used it for more than ten years, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
The governor of Oregon has commuted the sentences of the 17 inmates on death row in this northwestern state to life in prison.
The 18 executions in 2022 were carried out in Oklahoma (5), Texas (5), Arizona (3), Alabama (2), Missouri (2), and Mississippi (1).
Among those killed were “prisoners with severe mental health problems, brain damage, cognitive disabilities or claiming their innocence,” according to the report.
However, DPIC notes that the number of death sentences has fallen with only 20 handed down so far this year.
The most recent example, the author of a massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida in 2018, in which 17 people had lost their lives, was sentenced to life imprisonment in October by a court, which the jury prefers to reject the death sentence demanded. , however with the force of the charge.