Capital Punishment In The United States Essay
METHODS OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Capital punishment includes several different methods for execution. All of the …show more content…
Lethal Injection. In 1977, Oklahoma was the first state to adopt the method of lethal injection for capital punishment. The process of lethal injection isn’t quite as simple as ‘flipping a switch’ as in the method of electrocution. It involves a complex process of several different medicinal concoctions, given in a certain order and in certain amounts. The process, in general, is that the convict is strapped to a table; he is then given a sedative (anesthesia), followed by several lethal concoctions administered through an IV.
Lethal Gas Chamber. In 1924 in Nevada, Gee Jon was the first American to be executed using a lethal gas chamber. Currently, only five states have legally authorized the use of lethal gas as a method of execution. Those five states have the method of lethal injection as an alternative to lethal gas. The process for this method of execution involves the convict being strapped into a chair in an airtight chamber. Below the chair is a pail of sulfuric acid; when the warden gives the signal for the process to begin, the executioner to ‘flips a switch’ for crystals of sodium cyanide to fall into the pail. Once the sulfuric acid and crystals of sodium cyanide mix, a chemical reaction occurs that releases hydrogen cyanide