3 Percent of All Executions Since 1900 Were Botched, Amherst College Study Finds

Submitted on Wednesday, 6/6/2012, at 4:39 PM

May 25, 2012

AMHERST, Mass.—Since the beginning of the 20th century, an estimated 3 percent of all executions in the United States were “botched,” according to Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat and a team of undergraduate researchers. The group found that, of approximately 9,000 capital punishments that took place in the country from 1900 to 2011, 270 of them involved some problem in carrying out the death penalty.