Topics: Lethal injection, Death Penalty, Capital punishment in the United States Pages: 3 (1249 words) Published: March 12, 2013
With now having knowledge of the death penalty and its history and what came out of it, we will now focus on the different execution methods and what they entail. “In Indiana prior to 1913, all executions were by hanging. From 1913 through 1994 all executions were by the electric chair. Since 1995, all executions have been by lethal injection. Current executions procedure is found at the Indiana code 35-38-6 and requires that the lethal injection execution takes place inside the walls of the Indiana state prison at Michigan City before sunrise.” (office, 1998) In the 37 states and federal government that currently have the death penalty statutes, five different execution methods are prescribed, and they are as followed: Lethal injection, Electrocution, Lethal Gas, Firing Squad, and Hanging. “The vast majority or jurisdictions provide execution by lethal injection. Twenty Jurisdictions provide the alternative methods of execution, contingent upon the choice of the inmate” (office, 1998) The different types of execution methods are now going to be described and defined so by the end of this you will know the different types of methods and what each one of the them entails and how they came about being a form of execution. In 1977 Oklahoma became the first state to adopt lethal injection as a means of execution, though it would be five more years until a man named Charles brooks would be the first person to be put to death by lethal injection in Texas on Dec. 2, 1982. “Today, 35 of the 36 states that have the death penalty use this method.” (description of execution methods, 2012) When this method is used, the inmate is bounded to a gurney and a member of the execution team positions several heart monitors on their skin. Two needles are then inserted into usable veins, usually in the inmate’s arms. Long tubes connect the needles through a hole in a cement block wall to several intravenous drips. The first solution is saline and is harmless, then at the...
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