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Botched executions higher for Black inmates than white

Black people had a 220 per cent higher chance of suffering a botched lethal injection than white people regardless of what drug cocktail was used, according to a report released by Reprieve this month.

The report was quoted in The Hill: “It is well-established that the death penalty is infected with racial bias at every stage of the process. This report reveals that the racial disparities in capital punishment extend all the way to the execution chamber.”

“Proponents of lethal injection have long declared it to be quick, peaceful and painless. This new analysis of botched lethal injection executions in the modern era comprehensively debunks this claim, finding botched lethal injection executions to be both prolonged and painful.”

“Many botched executions were found to have spanned hours, with people choking, vomiting and bleeding in the execution chamber.”