Electrocution, if it's done correctly, renders the victim unconscious and then almost instantly stops the heart. Unfortunately, more than a few electrocution attempts didn't go so smoothly. As a result of these botched executions, many people petitioned for the removal of the electric chair as a form of capital punishment. Today, most states that practice capital punishment have abandoned the electric chair in favor of lethal injection, the most common -- and perhaps the most humane -- way to execute a person.
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