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The Death Penalty
Transcript of The Death Penalty
Captain George Kendall was executed by firing squad for being a spy.
The Death Penalty
What is the Death Penalty?
The death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death for a crime that they have committed
Are you for the death penalty or against it?
Why would people continue to do crimes knowing there is a chance that they could face the death penalty?
How would you feel if you where falsely convicted facing execution?
Lethal injection- is injecting a person with a fatal dose of drugs to cause immediate death.
Hanging- Is the suspension of a person by noose or ligature around the neck.
Electrocution- Death caused by electric shock.
Hanging is the oldest method of execution in the United States. Its popularity fell in the 20th century after many attempts were unsuccessful. It was replaced by electrocution as the most common method. There have only been three executions by hanging since 1977. The last was Billy Bailey in Delaware in 1996.
In 1888, New York became the first to adopt electrocution as its method of execution. The first man executed by electrocution was William Kemmler in 1890. From 1930-1980 electrocution was clearly the most popular form of execution.
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Inspired by the use of gas in World War I. Nevada became the first to use gas for execution in 1924. The gas chamber was seen as an improvement because it was less violent. The last time the gas chamber was used was in Arizona in 1999.
In recent history, only the state of Utah has used the firing squad. They have used this method only three times with the last being in 2010. This method was also popular with the military during war time.
In 1977, Oklahoma became the first state to adopt lethal injection. Texas performed the first execution by lethal injection in 1982 with the execution of Charlie Brooks.