BBC Examines the Death Penalty in Tennessee

A series of botched executions, shortages of drugs for lethal injections and moves in several states to abandon execution have reignited the debate in the U.S. about the death penalty. The most recent report of an Arizona inmate who gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution is sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty, WATE notes. In a BBC radio program, correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan travels across Tennessee speaking with people on both sides of the debate about the legislature’s recently passed law re-introducing the electric chair if drugs for lethal injection become unavailable.

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