Hanging As A Alternative Method Of Execution

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Until the 1890 's, hanging was the primary method of execution used in the United States. Today, hanging is still used in Delaware and Washington, although both have lethal injection as an alternative method of execution. For execution by this method, the inmate may be weighed by the day before the execution, and a rehearsal is done using a sandbag of the same weight as the prisoner. This is to determine the length of "drop" necessary to ensure a quick death. The length of the rope has to be precise, where the rope if it is too long, the inmate could be decapitated; whereas if it is too short, the strangulation could take as long as forty-five minutes. The proper length should be a three-fourths inch to one and one-fourth inch in diameter, it must be boiled and stretched to eliminate spring or coiling. The knot should be lubricated with wax or soap "to ensure a smooth sliding action," according to the 1969 U.S. Army manual. Immediately before the execution, the prisoner 's hands and legs are secured, he or she is blindfolded, and the noose is placed around the neck, with the knot behind the left ear. The execution takes place when a trap-door is opened and the prisoner falls through. The prisoners weight should cause a rapid fracture-dislocation of the neck following an instantaneous death rarely occurs. ("Methods Of Execution"). Seeking a more humane method of execution than hanging, Electrocution is not used as the sole method of execution in any state. Electrocution
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