Death Penalties In The United States

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Death Penalties The death penalty is defined as the punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime. The death penalty goes as far back to the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of Hammurabi. In the Code of Hammurabi it had a death penalty for 25 different crimes. Back then methods of execution were crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive, and impalement. (Source #1). Britain influenced America to start using capital punishments more than any other country. When Britain brought Settlers to America they also brought the practice of execution. The first recorded execution in 1608, in America was Captain George Kendall. He was executed in Jamestown, Virginia for being a spy…show more content…
“Between 1930 and 2010, 5,093 people were executed in the United States. As of 2010, 35 states and the federal government authorize capital punishment” (Source #2). The death penalty has been brought to court many times. Today most states believe that lethal injection is the most humane method of execution, but some states still have the firing squad, hanging, gas chambers, and electrocution. “All jurisdictions provide for execution by lethal injections. 16 jurisdictions provide for alternative methods of execution, contingent upon the choice of the inmate, the date of the execution or sentence, or the possibility of the method being held unconstitutional”(Source…show more content…
“Only three death row inmates have been executed by firing squad since 1976, all in Utah, with the last being Ronnie Lee Gardner in 2010” (Source #5). He was executed on June 18, 2010 (Source #1).Some people believe that the firing squad is the most effective way to execute inmates. How the firing squad works is the inmate is usually tied down to a chair with leather straps across the waist and head. The chair is in front of an oval-shaped canvas wall and there are sandbags all around it to absorb the inmate’s blood. A hood is pulled over the inmate's head. After, a doctor will find the inmates heart with a stethoscope and pin a circular white cloth target over it. The target is where the shooters should aim. Five shooters will be standing in an area about 20 feet away. They are each armed with .30 caliber rifles loaded with single rounds. One of the shooters is given blank rounds so they could have a piece of mind. The shooters don’t know who has the the blank rounds. The firing squad will then aim through a slot in the canvas and fire at the inmate. The inmate will die because of blood loss caused by rupture of the heart or a large blood vessel, or tearing of the lungs. Sometimes the shooters will miss the heart, either by accident or intention, and the prisoner will just bleed to death slowly (Source
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