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The Death Penalty: Multiple Methods Of Execution

2021 words - 8 pages

The death penalty is one of the nation’s most hotly debated topic. Most Americans are either heavily in favor of execution or heavily opposed to it. In America, there are multiple methods of execution, lethal injection, firing squad, hanging, electrocution, and the gas chamber. Imagine, being strapped to a chair in various areas; usually the chest, groin, arms, and legs. A metal skullcap attached to your head, and then you’re blind folded. What might be going through your head? Were you wrongly convicted, or did you deserve death? There are two sides to every issue. While some say the death penalty is a flawed punishment method because it is irreversible, and innocent people have undoubtedly been put to death, others say the death penalty is a humane method of punishing brutal killers by granting them a quick and painless death.

Background and Facts
Although there are many methods of execution, the most common method in the United States is lethal injection. It is far less painful and more humane than any other forms of
execution, critics counter that it has serious flaws that undermine any of the claims made for
it (Lethal Injection). So why do we still have capital punishment? When there are always flaws, and pain cannot be taken away altogether. Also, lethal injection is a greater improvement over older methods of execution, such as hanging or the electric chair (Lethal Injection). During a hanging the prisoner’s hands and legs are secured, then he or she is blindfolded and led above a trap door. Where the noose is placed around the neck, with the knot behind the left ear. Before the execution the prisoner has to be weighed so the rope is measured correctly and ensures a quick and painless death. However, if execution is by the electric chair, then the prisoner is shaved in order to minimize the risk of catching on fire. Then he or she is strapped to a chair, and electrocuted once signaled. At times, there may be violent movement of the limbs which can result in dislocation or fractures. The tissues swell. Defecation occurs. Steam or smoke rises and there is a smell of burning (Death penalty)
Some people have waited on the death row for years until they are finally executed, or somehow proven innocent. There often is a long period of uncertainty for the convicted while there cases are appealed because there may be some unsupported evidence (Capital Punishment). Under those circumstances the prisoner has no choice but to stay in prison for as long as the court decides if he or she is proven guilty or innocent. Some had to wait because there was no real evidence stating whether they were guilty or not, but when DNA evidence was created, most prisoners were retried (Capital). In other words, during his or her trial the evidence might have been proven false, or there was little to nothing proof, and the court couldn’t come to a decision. Although, when DNA evidence was created, proof became easier to present and was more trusted.

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