Hanging was one of the earliest methods of execution used in the United States. As a punishment for violation of certain crimes, hanging was considered very effective because of its simplicity and social impact. It was simple because it only required a tree and a rope to be implemented. It was effective because it allows the rest of the community to witness the offender’s execution and consequently sends a strong message to the community about the severe punishment of crime.
There are however certain imperfections in the use of electrocution. One of the most common problems encountered in electrocution are burning of the portions of the inmate’s body; eyeballs sometimes pop out and rest on his cheeks; flesh swells and skin stretches; sometimes the procedure fails to cause instant death and there is a need to administer repeated shocks. (“Methods of Execution”)