Capital punishment in Utah – level 2

17-03-2015 15:00

Utah is a state in the Southwestern United States and capital punishment is legal there. Until 2004, police executed the prisoners of Utah by shooting. In 2004, the state started to use lethal injections.

However, there aren’t enough of these injections and they may be ineffective. Some injections do not kill the prisoners quickly and they make them feel pain. Some people say that death by shooting is more humane. Others say that it’s cruel.

People voted on a new law which would let the state execute prisoners by shooting.

Difficult words: capital punishment (the killing of a prisoner as a punishment), execute (to kill somebody as a legal punishment), lethal (deadly).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

Are you for or against capital punishment?

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