News

Last updated: 30 march, 2010 - 15:33 GMT

What is it like to live on death row?

In its annual report on the use of the death penalty, the human rights group Amnesty International said some 714 people were known to have been executed in 18 countries in 2009.

Electric chair (archive photo)

The state of Georgia abandoned the use of the electric chair in 2001

The four countries Amnesty is most concerned about include China, for which no figures are available, but it is believed hundreds, maybe thousands, of people are put to death every year - as well as Iran, Saudi Arabia and the USA.

Billy Neal Moore spent 16 years on death row in the US state of Georgia, before receiving a pardon.

He was reprieved on one occasion just seven hours before he was due to go to the electric chair.

So, what is it like to live on death row?

To play this content JavaScript must be turned on and the latest Flash player installed.

Play in either Real OR Windows Media players

First broadcast 30 March 2010

related bbc links

Most Popular Now

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.