South Carolina is now ready to carry out executions by firing squad: NPR


This undated file photo provided July 11, 2019 by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows death row at Broad River Correctional Facility in Columbia, South Carolina.

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South Carolina is now ready to carry out executions by firing squad: NPR

This undated file photo provided July 11, 2019 by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows death row at Broad River Correctional Facility in Columbia, South Carolina.

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South Carolina is now ready to carry out executions by firing squad, the state Department of Corrections announced Friday.

The state said it spent $53,600 to renovate the capital punishment center at Broad River Correctional Facility to prepare it to carry out these executions, as required by a law passed last year. .

The state Department of Corrections said “protocols have been drafted and the department is prepared to execute a death warrant by firing squad if the inmate chooses that method.”

This remains an extremely rare method of execution. Only Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah offer a firing squad as an option for those on death row. Since 1976, three people have been executed by firing squad.

In 2021, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill requiring death row inmates to choose the mode of their execution: either by firing squad or by electric chair if the drugs allowing a lethal injection are not available.

Lethal injection remains the preferred and primary method of execution in states that apply the death penalty. But in recent years, state officials have struggled to obtain lethal injection drugs.

This has prompted some states that still intend to execute death row inmates to offer alternatives to inmates, including lethal gas, electrocution, hanging and firing squad.

In light of this, executions are at historic lows across the country, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Previously scheduled executions were delayed by the South Carolina Supreme Court because the firing squad was not an option from which inmates could choose. Once the necessary changes have been made, these executions are likely to resume pending any further legal challenges.

It took nearly a year for South Carolina to establish new rules and procedures to provide this method safely. Among the renovations were the installation of bulletproof glass and a firing squad chair with ties for the inmate.


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