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Capital punishment which is the legal infliction of death as a penalty for violating a criminal law is the most controversial penal practice in the modern world today Throughout history it has held various methods and forms including crucifixion stoning drowning burning at the stake impaling and beheading In 2002 seventy one inmates were executed under capital punishment seventy of those executions were carried out via leathal injection and one by eletrocution Death by lethal injection intravanious dilevery of three deadly drugsoccurs within approximatly seven minuites and is realitively painless This meathod is seen as most humane as the first drug administered sodium thiopental renders the inmate unconcious -- only then is the the second drug pancuronium bromideadministeed to relax the muscles and stop breathing and the third drug potassium chloride to stop the heart Electrocution is the second most common method of capital punishment although in past few years it has been reduced in use by refinement of the leathal injeccion procedure It employs hight voltage currents which are passed through the condemed persons body via eletrodes attached to critical sections of the body Its recent unpopularity has been aided by physiological implications of its procedure such as severe burns suffered by inmates as well as scorched equipment The temperature of the electrodes in contact with the inmates skin reach 1900 degrees celcius and the brain heavily sheilded and seperated by the blood-brain barrier reaches boiling point -- such findings are leading doubts as to the humanity of electrocution An alternate method which has not been recently employed yet remains oficially a meathod of capital punishment in the united states is by hdrocyanic gas Death by inhalation of toxic gas was first used in Nevada in 1924 since then the gas chamber has been much improved valve control allows the odorless and colorless gas to disperse in a air tight chamber where the inmate is secured on a gurney Death in a gas chamber
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