The Electric Chair

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For over a century now, states in the United States have used the electric chair for a method of execution. The electric chair was meant to be a more humane version of execution. However, now people seem to think the electric chair is an unconstitutional way to die. As years go by, people who have witnessed electric chair executions have stated horrible and torturous stories of death. Inmates fought the straps of the chair as the high voltage went through their body. There were some cases where the inmate’s skin would burn while they were still alive. The electric chair should not be a method for execution because it is inhumane, there are complications, and they aren’t completely effective.

Using the electric chair as a method of capital punishment is inhumane. “Physical reactions include heaving chest, gurgles, foaming at the mouth, bloody sweat, burning of the hair and skin, and release of feces (Hall, Charlene. Methods of Execution.) This is an awful way to die. It doesn’t matter what they did to be sentenced to death row, this is unconstitutional. “The brain appears cooked in most cases and the prisoner's eyeballs sometimes pop out and rest on his cheeks. Also the inmate often defecates, urinates, vomits blood, and drools. The body turns bright red as its temperature rises, and the prisoner's flesh swells as his skin stretches to the point of breaking. Witnesses have reported hearing a loud and sustained sound like bacon frying, and the sickly sweet smell of burning flesh (Mailto,R. “The Electric Chair.”).” What would you do if you were watching this? Or, if this happened to one of your loved ones? You would be disgusted that something like this was allowed in our country.

Using the electric chair as a method of capital punishment has its complications. “Nine electrocutions have gone awry since 1983. During the electrocution of Jesse Joseph Tafero on May 4, 1990 flames and smoke were seen shooting out of his head. This caused the state to...
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