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Imprisoned by the PastWarren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty$
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Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.001.0001

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Other American Execution Methods

Other American Execution Methods

Chapter 16 Other American Execution Methods
Imprisoned by the Past

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the history of other execution methods used in the United States in modern times besides the electric chair, including hanging, the gas chamber, firing squads, and lethal injection. Since Warren McCleskey’s execution, Georgia switched to using lethal injection as its method of execution. Just as the electric chair constituted one attempt to find a more humane method of execution, lethal injection became the predominant method of execution in the United States, following various states’ earlier use of the gallows, the firing squad, the gas chamber, and the electric chair. In recent years, though, shortages of lethal injection chemicals have led states to experiment in the way they execute prisoners.

Keywords:   execution methods, lethal injection, gas chamber, hanging, firing squad, death penalty, capital punishment, lethal injection chemicals

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