The Dothan Eagle publishes the editorial, "Will Alabama bring back its electric chair?"
There are 197 condemned inmates on Death Row in Alabama, and 16 of them have run out of options and are awaiting execution. But that’s not likely to happen anytime soon, unless the state brings its electric chair, Yellow Mama, out of the attic to carry out the sentences.
That’s not likely to happen, either. The last electrocuted inmate died in Yellow Mama in 2002; after that, inmates were given a choice of execution and lethal injection. Yellow Mama has been in storage since.
The problem Alabama now faces is the same one that plagues all capital punishment states – a shortage of a key drug used in the execution.
Earlier coverage from Alabama begins at the link.