Which Is Better: Execution By Needle Or Electric Chair?

Electric Chair at Sing SingThat’s the choice given to prisoners in Virginia. Guillaume Decamme reports for AFP:

JARRATT, Virginia — Behind a blue curtain, the electric chair patiently waits its turn to take a life, but on this night in a chamber of a Virginia prison, murder convict Jerry Jackson dies by the needle.

“Fifteen days prior to execution, the inmate is asked which execution method he chooses,” explains David Bass at the Greensville Correctional Center.

“He may choose between the electric chair and the lethal injection.” For the most part, Bass says, “they prefer the injection.”

The man in the dark suit, speaking in a soft southern twang, is all too aware that most of America’s death row inmates pick the poison over the pulse of electrocution.

Of the various execution methods currently in use in the United States — electricity, firing squad, hanging, lethal injection and lethal gas — injection has become the standard.

As an employee of the Virginia Department of Corrections, Bass is responsible for “guiding” about a dozen people attending Thursday night’s execution — volunteers and journalists, including an AFP correspondent — through the facility about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Washington.

They are here to witness the death of Jackson, a strapping, 31-year-old African-American man whose crimes a decade ago sent his life on course to the events of this final night…

[continues at AFP]

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56 Comments on "Which Is Better: Execution By Needle Or Electric Chair?"

  1. Whatever method is painless is the best method. Many people have been violently executed only to later be exonerated of their crimes. 

  2. jasonpaulhayes | Aug 19, 2011 at 8:16 am |

    Whatever method is painless is the best method. Many people have been violently executed only to later be exonerated of their crimes. 

  3. So if there is a chance of exoneration then no execution is best?

  4. Which Is Better: Execution By Needle Or Electric Chair? Neither, the first murder was stupid enough.

  5. BuzzCoastin | Aug 19, 2011 at 9:15 am |

    Which Is Better: Execution By Needle Or Electric Chair? Neither, the first murder was stupid enough.

    • DeepCough | Aug 19, 2011 at 9:29 am |

      Personally, I wish the state would bring back firing squad: it was execution without the pretension of mercy, and quite frankly, I don’t see anything merciful about getting fried by electricity.

      • BuzzCoastin | Aug 19, 2011 at 9:32 am |

        Since the Criminal Justice system is often criminal and rarely provides justice, it would be best to refrain from murdering murderers. Execution is a not a deterrent to murder, just as executing innocent people does not deter executions. Murder is barbaric enough with adding another murder to it.

      • Right?! That’s what I’m sayin’!

        Nor is there anything merciful about being injected with poison, just get it the fuck over with.

  6. DeepCough | Aug 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm |

    Personally, I wish the state would bring back firing squad: it was execution without the pretension of mercy, and quite frankly, I don’t see anything merciful about getting fried by electricity.

  7. Since the Criminal Justice system is often criminal and rarely provides justice, it would be best to refrain from murdering murderers. Execution is a not a deterrent to murder, just as executing innocent people does not deter executions. Murder is barbaric enough with adding another murder to it.

  8. Anonymous | Aug 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm |

    Positively fucking medieval. It’s 2011 ffs! *smacks head on keyboard* How can we call ourselves ‘civilised’ if we are murdering people?
    *spits feathers*
    meh!

  9. cakey pig | Aug 19, 2011 at 10:24 am |

    Positively fucking medieval. It’s 2011 ffs! *smacks head on keyboard* How can we call ourselves ‘civilised’ if we are murdering people?
    *spits feathers*
    meh!

    • Anarchy Pony | Aug 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm |

      Umm, I hate to break it to you but the ability to kill lots and lots and lots of people(and animals and plants etc. etc.) is what sets the “civilized” apart. They kill WAAAAAYYYYYYY more things than “primitive” or “uncivilized” peoples.
      Case in point: basically anywhere that industry is applied to killing things or may kill things as a side effect. Industrialized warfare, industrial abbatoirs, commercial ocean fishing, industrial logging, industrial mining. You get the idea. So, in short, fuck civilization.

      • Frankensteinmoneymac | Aug 22, 2011 at 5:58 am |

        If you feel so strongly about that, then why are you using a computer? You do realize that technology is a product of civilization….and computer/internet technology is about as high on the technological food chain you can get. Do you not find it somewhat hypocritical to complain about ‘civilization’ killing people and things by using a tool that is only made possible by civilization? Don’t get me wrong…I’m not judging your stance, against such things….neither am I agreeing, or disagreeing with it, rather I’m pointing out the obvious hypocrisy of it. It’s as if you were a hardcore vegan that wears leather! Don’t preach about things you don’t practice my friend…..it kind of makes you look a bit like a douche. Though I’m not one to quote the bible much…there’s a line in The Book of Revelation where Jesus says that it is better to be Hot or Cold, than Lukewarm…..Lukewarm water he’d just as soon spit out. You my friend are Lukewarm. You claim to have strong beliefs, yet you fail to follow them to their natural conclusion….rather you just sit in the comfort of the civilization that you vilify, and cry about how terrible the world is…..You are PART of the world you hate. This can only mean, that you hate yourself…or at the very least, if you don’t hate yourself then you are a huge hypocrite (and that is….as I explained before….basically meaning that you are acting like a douche)….No offense 😉 

  10. EvolutionSolutionCushion | Aug 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm |

    Neither, our Justice system is an epic fail, too many false accusations and calls from blood lust.  Both sides just trying to get a win like a basketball game, but with human lives at stake.  Who’s ready to evolve past murdering people like barbarians?  I know i am.

  11. EvolutionSolutionCushion | Aug 19, 2011 at 11:11 am |

    Neither, our Justice system is an epic fail, too many false accusations and calls from blood lust.  Both sides just trying to get a win like a basketball game, but with human lives at stake.  Who’s ready to evolve past murdering people like barbarians?  I know i am.

  12. Anonymous | Aug 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm |

    I’d go with the chair, let the fuckers deal with a messy corpse at least.

  13. dumbsaint | Aug 19, 2011 at 11:38 am |

    I’d go with the chair, let the fuckers deal with a messy corpse at least.

  14. The Executioner | Aug 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm |

    In cases of especially heinous crimes( serial killing, baby rape, norway massacre, ect… ) where it can be proved without a doubt that the perpetrator is utter scum, the death penalty should be used for the sheer sake of saving money and resources.

  15. The Executioner | Aug 19, 2011 at 11:43 am |

    In cases of especially heinous crimes( serial killing, baby rape, norway massacre, ect… ) where it can be proved without a doubt that the perpetrator is utter scum, the death penalty should be used for the sheer sake of saving money and resources.

    • Even serial killers and baby rapists are humans. By killing them, it only makes someone else a murderer. What if there is a chance that they can be rehabilitated? An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, ya know?

      • Fucking kill the lot of them all…

      • Anarchy Pony | Aug 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm |

        Yeah? And what if they can’t? If someone killed someone I love for any kind of personal profit, or worse for no reason at all, I would shoot them in the face at point blank range. 

        • Frankensteinmoneymac | Aug 22, 2011 at 6:01 am |

          Then that would make you a vigilante killer and if you were caught in a State that allowed the death penalty then you’d be put to death for doing that….are you still in favor of it?

      • “Even serial killers and baby rapists are humans” – NOT!

        • Frankensteinmoneymac | Aug 22, 2011 at 6:11 am |

          You’re not considering the fact that the brain is an organ that can be damaged and occasionally fixed. For instance some people who have suffered severe head trauma have gone on to commit horrible acts that they never would have done before…..are they less human for suffering an injury? What if the injury can be fixed?….What if the injury is simply a genetic defect at birth, such as what most neurologists believe is the cause of many Serial Killers…..are they not human by nature of their genetic defect? What about retarded people, do you feel the same way for them? Are you in favor of Euthanasia of people that are considered abnormal as the Nazi’s were? You can’t have it both ways….you can’t just sit back and say people that do horrible things are all monsters even if they did these things because of a brain defect, and then be sympathetic to a retarded child that simply doesn’t understand something. If you were given a powerful psychedelic drug without your knowledge and you thought someone was a monster and you killed them….how would that be any different than someone killing people because of a genetic disorder of the brain causing a similar delusion……. after all, just as a person being drugged without their knowledge  in my example, a person suffering a genetic brain defect,  wouldn’t have had any control over getting the disorder.

  16. Even serial killers and baby rapists are humans. By killing them, it only makes someone else a murderer. What if there is a chance that they can be rehabilitated? An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, ya know?

  17. E.B. Wolf | Aug 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm |

    Firing squad.

  18. E.B. Wolf | Aug 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm |

    Firing squad.

  19. Bigdickmegaherz | Aug 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm |

    Both while blasting RIDE THE LIGHTNING!! RRRRRRRAAAAAAA!!!!! 

  20. Bigdickmegaherz | Aug 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm |

    Both while blasting RIDE THE LIGHTNING!! RRRRRRRAAAAAAA!!!!! 

  21. Bigdickmegaherz | Aug 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm |

    Both while blasting RIDE THE LIGHTNING!! RRRRRRRAAAAAAA!!!!! 

  22. Pussy.

  23. Fucking kill the lot of them all…

  24. Anonymous | Aug 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm |

    Death by torture. For everyone. There is no such thing as innocence.

  25. Death by torture. For everyone. There is no such thing as innocence.

    • “Death by torture. For everyone” – you are, perhaps, expecting something different at the end?

      • Nope. I’ll be the first one to go into the machine. Imagine everyone on Earth in perfect agony, and beaming this sensation into space. It will be the greatest work of art ever.

  26. Hadrian999 | Aug 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm |

    I say bring back trial by combat as an appeal option

  27. Hadrian999 | Aug 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm |

    I say bring back trial by combat as an appeal option

    • Anarchy Pony | Aug 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm |

      Two men enter, one man leaves! Two men enter, one man leaves! Two men enter, one man leaves! Two men enter, one man leaves!

  28. Yeah? And what if they can’t? If someone killed someone I love for any kind of personal profit, or worse for no reason at all, I would shoot them in the face at point blank range. 

  29. Umm, I hate to break it to you but the ability to kill lots and lots and lots of people(and animals and plants etc. etc.) is what sets the “civilized” apart. They kill WAAAAAYYYYYYY more things than “primitive” or “uncivilized” peoples.
    Case in point: basically anywhere that industry is applied to killing things or may kill things as a side effect. Industrialized warfare, industrial abbatoirs, commercial ocean fishing, industrial logging, industrial mining. You get the idea. So, in short, fuck civilization.

  30. yeah, but there are occasions when there isn’t a chance of exoneration.

  31. Two men enter, one man leaves! Two men enter, one man leaves! Two men enter, one man leaves! Two men enter, one man leaves!

  32. “Even serial killers and baby rapists are humans” – NOT!

  33. “Death by torture. For everyone” – you are, perhaps, expecting something different at the end?

  34. Anonymous | Aug 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm |

    Nope. I’ll be the first one to go into the machine. Imagine everyone on Earth in perfect agony, and beaming this sensation into space. It will be the greatest work of art ever.

  35. Right?! That’s what I’m sayin’!

    Nor is there anything merciful about being injected with poison, just get it the fuck over with.

  36. Frankensteinmoneymac | Aug 22, 2011 at 9:58 am |

    If you feel so strongly about that, then why are you using a computer? You do realize that technology is a product of civilization….and computer/internet technology is about as high on the technological food chain you can get. Do you not find it somewhat hypocritical to complain about ‘civilization’ killing people and things by using a tool that is only made possible by civilization? Don’t get me wrong…I’m not judging your stance, against such things….neither am I agreeing, or disagreeing with it, rather I’m pointing out the obvious hypocrisy of it. It’s as if you were a hardcore vegan that wears leather! Don’t preach about things you don’t practice my friend…..it kind of makes you look a bit like a douche. Though I’m not one to quote the bible much…there’s a line in The Book of Revelation where Jesus says that it is better to be Hot or Cold, than Lukewarm…..Lukewarm water he’d just as soon spit out. You my friend are Lukewarm. You claim to have strong beliefs, yet you fail to follow them to their natural conclusion….rather you just sit in the comfort of the civilization that you vilify, and cry about how terrible the world is…..You are PART of the world you hate. This can only mean, that you hate yourself…or at the very least, if you don’t hate yourself then you are a huge hypocrite (and that is….as I explained before….basically meaning that you are acting like a douche)….No offense 😉 

  37. Frankensteinmoneymac | Aug 22, 2011 at 10:01 am |

    Then that would make you a vigilante killer and if you were caught in a State that allowed the death penalty then you’d be put to death for doing that….are you still in favor of it?

  38. Frankensteinmoneymac | Aug 22, 2011 at 10:11 am |

    You’re not considering the fact that the brain is an organ that can be damaged and occasionally fixed. For instance some people who have suffered severe head trauma have gone on to commit horrible acts that they never would have done before…..are they less human for suffering an injury? What if the injury can be fixed?….What if the injury is simply a genetic defect at birth, such as what most neurologists believe is the cause of many Serial Killers…..are they not human by nature of their genetic defect? What about retarded people, do you feel the same way for them? Are you in favor of Euthanasia of people that are considered abnormal as the Nazi’s were? You can’t have it both ways….you can’t just sit back and say people that do horrible things are all monsters even if they did these things because of a brain defect, and then be sympathetic to a retarded child that simply doesn’t understand something. If you were given a powerful psychedelic drug without your knowledge and you thought someone was a monster and you killed them….how would that be any different than someone killing people because of a genetic disorder of the brain causing a similar delusion……. after all, just as a person being drugged without their knowledge  in my example, a person suffering a genetic brain defect,  wouldn’t have had any control over getting the disorder.

  39. justagirl | Aug 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm |

    can i take 50/50?  thanks.

  40. justagirl | Aug 22, 2011 at 9:20 am |

    can i take 50/50?  thanks.

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