The botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate who died of a heart attack after his vein apparently “exploded,” has resurrected national conversation about the death penalty in the United States.
The total number of executions and death sentences continues to drop each year nationwide, but capital punishment remains legal in 32 U.S. states and approximately 3,095 inmates in 35 states are awaiting execution.
Of these 32 states, lethal injection is the most commonly used practice of carrying out the death penalty, but other procedures include electrocution, gas chamber, hanging and firing squad.
SEE LIST BELOW FOR THE METHODS EACH STATE USES:
Lethal Injection: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut*, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland*, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico*, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming, U.S. Military, U.S. Government
Electrocution: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, [Oklahoma], South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Gas Chamber: Arizona, Missouri, [Wyoming]
Hanging: Delaware, New Hampshire, Washington
Firing Squad: [Oklahoma], Utah
*Utah no longer offers the firing squad as an option, but would allow it only for inmates who chose this method prior to its elimination .
*Oklahoma offers firing squad only if lethal injection and electrocution are found unconstitutional.
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