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Methods of Capital Punishment In the United States out of fifty states thirty-eight of them have some type of death penalty Out of the thirty-eight states that have a death penalty there are five different ways of execution used Also the number of people sentenced to the death penalty and the number inmates that have been executed have increased quickly in the 1990s to the present day The thirty-eight states that have the death penalty use five ways of execution lethal injection electrocution lethal gas firing squad and hanging The most used method of execution is lethal injection it is considered to be the most humane way and is the only way most states use Lethal injection uses the following drugs Sodium Pentothal which renders the inmate unconscious and shuts down the respiratory and cardiac toxic amounts but not lethal They next use a Sodium Chloride wash to clean the sodium pentothal out of the IV line The next drug given is Pancuronium Bromide Pavulon this smoothes the muscle paralytic The lines are washed out again Then the final drug is administered which is Potassium Chloride which shuts the heart down In the method of Electrocution a stout salt solution and disc of copper a solid copper concave device which is three inches in diameter which is soldered to the top of the head piece attached is a wet sponge Head piece and chair are built by inmates or DC Lethal gas the inmate is restrained in a seat in a sealed steal chamber Upon signal the executioner opens a valve Hydrochloric acid flows into pan On a second signal about 8 ounces of potassium cyanide crystals or tablets are mechanically dropped into the acid which produces a Hydrocyanic gas Death occurs in about 6-8 minutes There is no reported protocol or procedure for the Firing Squad The squad involves a five-man team one of which uses a blank bullet so that
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