The problem with botched executions is they're not done often enough

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The recent botched executions in Oklahoma, Ohio and now Arizona have raised the question whether death penalty executions should be put on hold in this country.

There are certainly two sides to this debate that has the nation buzzing. On one side, you have those who believe, and have always believed, the death penalty is murder. And you can argue the case that if a prisoner is on death row, he/​she had to commit murder to be there but feel that it is totally wrong to execute anybody because murder is wrong. On the other side, you have those who believe, botched or not, that the prisoner deserves what he/​she had coming to them for committing murder, the old “eye for an eye” punishment that even the Bible speaks of.

Here’s something that instantly entered my mind as I heard the news of the recent Arizona execution debacle: Why is it that these executions are going wrong? We can spend hours debating the methods and who may be responsible for the executed to die, but we would get nowhere. I’m thinking that our prison system is simply out of practice.

Just like a child learning to play the piano, if you don’t sit down and play the piano on a regular basis, you are going to get “rusty” and make mistakes. So, with that being said, maybe we need to get our state governors to sign more of the execution orders and quit playing around giving these convicts year after year of appeals. That not only will thin out the overcrowded jails, it will certainly help with the theory that “practice makes perfect.”

Edward Gould

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