Rate of botched executions in the United States from 1890 to 2010, sorted by method

Rate of botched executions in the U.S. 1890-2010, by method The statistic above represents the rate of botched execution in the United States. From 1890 to 2010, 7.1 percent of executions by lethal injection resulted in prolonged or painful death.
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Percentage of botched executions
Lethal injection7.1%
Gas chamber5.4%
Hanging3.1%
Electrocution1.9%
Firing squad0%
Percentage of botched executions
Lethal injection7.1%
Gas chamber5.4%
Hanging3.1%
Electrocution1.9%
Firing squad0%
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The statistic above represents the rate of botched execution in the United States. From 1890 to 2010, 7.1 percent of executions by lethal injection resulted in prolonged or painful death.
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Release date
July 2014
Region
United States
Survey time period
1890 to 2010
Supplementary notes
Botched is explained by the source as a situation where executioners departed from official legal protocol or standard operating procedure - which can result in a prolonged or painful death.

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