The Death Penalty has been around since and before the Americas were
found. Even though it has been in affect for hundreds of years, I do not feel it is at
The methods are cruel and in some cases, very painful for the inmate. most
people think the death penalty is a good way of justice in the United States, and it is
said to be a humane way of execution, but from what I have found, it is far from
Since 1976, 549 people have have been executed by lethal injection, 149
by electrocution, 11 by gas chamber, 3 by hanging, and 2 by the firing squad. Of
the 714 people executed in the United States, 332 were in Texas and Virginia
alone. After World War II, many countries left the practices of capital punishment.
The United States did not stop the practice of capital punshment.
If there is a slight mistake, in any of the executions, the inmate feels even
more pain than usual. The gas chamber is one of the most painful of executions.
"At first there is evidence of extreme horror, pain, and strangling. The eyes pop.
The skin turns purple and the victim begins to drool"(Duffy, Clifton-San Quenton
Penitentiary warden). If done wrong, hanging can be just as horrific as the gas
chamber. If the rope is to long, the body can be decapitated. If the rope is to short,
the inmate can sufficate for as long as 45 minutes. Electrocution is a very common
way of execution in Alabama and Nebraska. The prisoner has between 500 and
2000 volts of electricity, shot through their body for 30 second intervals. the process
is continued until the prisoner is dead. "The hands grip the chair and there might
be violent movement of the limbs that can cause dislocation or fractures.
Defecation usually occurs. The eyes can pop out and rest on the cheeks. The
prisoner vomits blood and drools. The body turns bright red and can some times