UK - Hangings
The UK have used many tactics and methods to end the lives of the dangerous and the un-containable. The last technique used before the death penalty was completely banished in the UK was hanging; hanging was a capital punishment during the 1900's, in which one was led up onto a wooden stage and was forced to stand on a box. Once the noose, the rope that would end up killing them, was tied secure to their neck, the box would be removed from under their feet and a trapdoor was opened, so they could definitely not touch the ground, leaving them dangling from the rope. The rope would stop the arteries in both sides of their neck from pumping blood to their brain; the rope will also choke them from the front. The victim would on average die in around 4-6 minutes; the last recorded hangings where on the 13th August, 1964. Peter Anthony Allen in Liverpool, and Gwynne Owens Evans in Manchester were both executed for the murder of John Alan West, April that year.
Life for prisoners have improved over many centuries; prisons and camps have dated back to the 3rd millennia B.C, all with different qualities of living. Looking at America, a country well known for its high security prisons and death sentences, we can conclude a lot has changed in the last 150 years for the U.S. Firstly, prisoners at this current time have so much more rights then they would have a century ago; in the past, prisoners would have had to be living in a cell close to a damp, confined dungeon. However, thanks to protests and riots performed by the inmates, the systems were changed and inmates gained many privileges they didn't have before: radios and televisions, better food and meals, increased visitation rights and books. Furthermore, to this day inmates are given the chance at education opportunities, usually only offered to inmates that have a chance of getting out of prison. They can be taught how to sort their lives out, how best to use any money they can obtain and other life skills; they can also learn trade skills like wood working, welding and many others.