Death on Wheels
China’s Mobile Death Vans
The execution van, also called a mobile execution unit, was developed by the government of the People’s Republic of China and was first used in 1997.
The prisoner is strapped to a stretcher and executed inside the van. The van allows death sentences to be carried out without moving the prisoner to an execution ground. The vans also require less manpower per execution, requiring four persons to assist with the injection.
The PRC states that the vans are more humane than previous forms of execution. Human-rights groups predict that the execution rate in China will increase because of mobile capital punishment.
People’s Republic of China
After the 1997 decision to legalize lethal injection as a form of execution, PRC officials began using execution vans across China. Becoming popular in 2006 , these officials state that the vans are cost-effective…
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