There are curretnly five authorized methods of execution in the United States. They are lethal injuction, electrocution, hanging, firing squad and lethal gas.
The most common is lethal injection, followed by electrocution and then lethal gas, with only two states utilizing hanging and the firing squad. All but three states have lethal injection as an althernative method. Thirty-five states authorize lethal injection, ten states authorize electrocution and this being the sole method of execution in three states. Five staes authorize the gas chamber, two states hanging and the friring squad. There are thirty-eight states that have the death penalty; and twelve states with no death penalty.