This article provides grisly snapshots of capital punishment in the United States. Despite the gruesome practices described here, the movement to abolish the death penalty continues to gain momentum. Activists and legal firms across the U.S. are working to challenge existing statutes and to exonerate those who have been falsely accused.

The failure to recognize capital punishment as fundamentally inhumane is in itself dehumanizing. What we need now is a defined and active movement to bring about change.