Electrocution as its sole means of capital punishment

Electrocution as its sole means of capital punishment

Karen Ann Gajewski

* Speaking of the death penalty, Nebraska–the only state in the United States that uses electrocution as its sole means of capital punishment–has changed its procedure to counter human rights objections. The Nebraska Department of Corrections has switched from using four jolts of electricity to administering a single, fifteen-second dose. The state had previously adopted the four-jolt procedure after problems in Florida during some of its electrocutions–including one in 1990 when flames shot out of an inmate’s head. Some experts say an uninterrupted current of electricity could cause fires or burn the prisoner severely.

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