Methods of Execution

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Methods of Execution

There are nine common methods of execution which include: hanging, shooting by firing squad, shooting, beheading, lethal injection, stoning, gas chamber, electrocution, and falling from an unknown height. The most common method authorized by law is hanging, with sixty countries authorizing this practice, while the least common methods include electrocution, gas chamber, and falling from an unknown height. The United States is the only country to authorize both electrocution and gas chamber and Iran is the only country to authorize pushing individuals from an unknown height. Additionally, the method of execution for Maldives is unknown and Sudan uses a method which calls for retributive sentences to be carried out in the same manner in which the offender caused death.

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