Methods of Capital Punishment : Overview of the methodology of capital punishment including various methods currently employed by the US.

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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, …

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…chamber takes somewhere between five to fifteen minuites, depending on weather the condemmed strugges to hold their breath or controls inhalation. Several other methods of capital punishment have been employed such as use of guillotine,hanging,and firing squad, which are not currently used officialy in the United States. International theories of capital punishments vary from country to country and the methods range from those deemed archaic by the U.S. to those simmilarly employed.