Capital Punishment is Inhumane Essay

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In the past, barbaric practices such as stoning, drowning, impaling, and beheading took place. Today, capital punishment is typically accomplished via lethal injection as a default. However, some of the states that support the death penalty use other methods of execution. Electrocution, for example, is still practiced in eight states, following by the gas chamber and hanging in three states, and one state still uses firing squad (Snell, 2013).
Lethal injection is the most commonly used form of capital punishment, and while it is seemingly the most humane method, it can still prove painful. After the prisoner is restrained in a chamber, two IV tubes are inserted in each arm. A saline begins to flow through their body, which can be any
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Once the Pavulon has been administered, it is difficult to determine whether the inmate is adequately anesthetized (McCracken & Moreno, 2010).
Electrocution became the humane method of execution in 1888 as opposed to hanging. For Electrocution by the electric chair, the inmate is strapped down by belts that cover his or her chest, arms, legs, and groin. A metal cap electrode is attached to the scap and forehead over a saline covered sponge. The prisoner is blindfolded and an additional electrode is attached to his or her leg to reduce the electrical resistance. A jolt of 500 to 2000 volts are then administered for thirty seconds. The prisoner often grips the chair and violent limb movement may result in dislocation or fractures. Sometimes, the eyeballs pop out or catches fire. Often, the inmate defeates, urinates, and vomits both blood and drool. The body turns bright red, and the prisoner’s flesh swells and stretches to the point of breaking. The surge then cuts off, allowing the body time to relax. Usually at this point, the inmate is dead. However, if the heart is still functioning, another jolt is applied. This process is repeated until the heart gives out (Descriptions of Execution Methods).
The use of cyanide gas was introducted in 1924, when Nevada sought a more humane method for executing inmates. For execution via gas chamber, the prisoner is strapped to a chair in an airtight

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