Lethal injection is the primary form of execution in the United States now, but did you know that there are still other options in some states?
Will Cain, co-host of Cain and Cupp on TheBlaze Radio and Real News on TheBlaze TV, takes on the issue of capital punishment in the U.S. and explains the entire history in a three-minute TheBlaze Explains video. Thirty-two states have capital punishment; among them, Florida still uses electrocution, Utah has the firing squad, Idaho has hanging and even Arizona has the gas chamber.
See the full history:
Some other facts:
- Hanging was the predominant form of execution in the U.S. in the 1800s, before being overtaken by electrocution, and finally lethal injection.
- The first state to perform a lethal injection was Texas in 1982.
- The Supreme Court has found lethal injection is not a form of cruel and unusual punishment, unlike several other methods of execution specifically noted as a violation of the Eighth Amendment.
See more of TheBlaze Explains at TheBlaze's YouTube channel.