Execution Protocol: A Comparative Overview

Mitchel Roth, Sam Houston State University
Aleycia Daniels, Sam Houston State University

This paper will contrast the diverse procedures used to prepare prisoners for execution around the world. These procedures include forms of execution; organ harvesting; last meals; counseling; who witnesses the execution; where they are kept the night/day before the execution; administrative oversights; public or private; the executioner's protocol and other topics. Because some nations such as Cuba and Japan are secretive about execution procedures, information is sometimes sketchy and anecdotal. Research has been conducted through several interviews with administrators and practitioners, media reports, reports by human rights organizations, prison memoirs, and secondary sources.

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