Capital Punishment. Capital Punishment Or Most Commonly

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Capital Punishment Capital Punishment or most commonly known as the death penalty is one of if not the most controversial topic ever right now. The death penalty is the legal killing of a person who had committed a horrible crime. The United States government enforces the death penalty for crimes like treason, terrorism, espionage, murder, large-scale drug trafficking, and attempting to kill a witness, juror, or court officer. The first known use of the death penalty occurred in Jamestown Colony in 1608. During the period of the Revolutionary War, capital punishment was widely accepted, 162 documented executions took place in the eighteenth century. Prior to the 1890s, hanging was the sole method of execution in the United States.…show more content…
A metal skullcap electrode is attached to the scalp and forehead over a sponge moistened with saline. An additional electrode is moistened with conductive jelly (Electro-Creme) and attached to a portion of the prisoner 's leg that has been shaved to reduce resistance to electricity. The prisoner is then blindfolded. The executioner is then signaled then pulls a handle to start the electricity. A jolt of between 500 and 2000 volts, which lasts for 30 seconds is given throughout the body. The current surges then turned off, at which time the body is seen to relax (DeathPenaltyInformationCenter). The doctors wait a few seconds for the body to cool down and then check to see if the person 's heart is still beating. If it is, another jolt is then applied. This process continues until the prisoner is dead. Although still many people still sought after an even more humane way to execute. The gas chamber was introduced in 1924 by the discovery of the lethal cyanide gas. Gee Jon was the first person to be put through this terror. Guards tried to pump cyanide gas into his cell when he was sleeping, this could not be done because the gas was leaking through the cell walls, and so the “chamber” was constructed. Currently present day five states use lethal gas as a method of execution, but all said states have lethal injection as an alternative method. A federal court in California found the lethal gas method to be a cruel and unusual punishment. The last use of the gas chamber
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