In Pennsylvania, a Long Wait For the Death Penalty

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Five times a year, Pennsylvania corrections officials meet inside a white block masonry field house at a prison and carry out a mock execution. They escort the “inmate” to the execution chamber. They strap that person onto the gurney. Then they simulate injecting a lethal dose of drugs into his body. They perform this drill even though capital punishment in Pennsylvania remains indefinitely on hold while government officials await a report, now years in the making, analyzing capital . . .

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