Monday, June 25, 2007

Florida Executions To Resume

POSTED: 2:22 pm EDT June 24, 2007
UPDATED: 2:29 pm EDT June 24, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As Florida prepares to resume executing convicted killers, state officials say they have made changes that will provide a humane and dignified death.

But death penalty opponents and defense attorneys said the state has not gone far enough to solve the problems in the Angel Diaz execution last December. Needles punctured his veins and it took twice as long for him to die as other executions. Executions in the state were halted pending an investigation.

Since then, a state commission has made 37 recommendations to the Florida Department of Corrections, which have been implemented.

The changes include more training for the execution team, changes to the death chamber and careful monitoring of the execution process.

It's not clear when Gov. Charlie Crist will sign his first death warrant

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