The South Carolina Department of Corrections told the state’s attorney general’s office Friday that the firing squad’s execution chamber is now ready for use.
Last year, the state created electric chairs in their initial approach to executions, but would give detainees the option of choosing death over firing squad or lethal injection – if alternatives were available.
However, due to a shortage of drugs used for lethal injections, that option was not available to the 35 inmates facing death penalty in the state.
Now, the firing squad chamber has been completed at the Capital Punishment Facility of the Broad River Correctional Institute in Columbia.
“It cost about $ 53,600 to set up the firing squad and renovate its execution facility,” said Christie Shane, a spokeswoman for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. It includes a number of rifles – just how many were amended in response to requests for The Greenville News record – and includes the death penalty, stainless steel sheets, ammunition and ballistic partition reform, according to the Invoice Receipt of Freedom of Information Act, “Greenville News reports.
The state’s Supreme Court will now have to approve the way the firing squad is conducted.
“There is now a chair in the chamber where prisoners can sit if they want to carry out the execution by firing squad. In a corner of the room away from the 110-year-old electric chair is a metal chair restrained by protective equipment, which cannot be moved, ”Greenville News reports. “The firing-squad chair faces a wall with a rectangular opening 15 feet away. The squad’s rifle and open portal will not be visible from the witness room of the hanging chamber. “
Unlike the electric chair execution, the detainee will not face witnesses. Instead, they will have a side-profile view.
“Prisoners will be tied to chairs and given a hood over their heads. A small target will be placed on their heart, and after the warden reads the execution order, the firing squad will fire, “the report continued. “After the shot, a doctor will examine the prisoner. Once the detainee is declared dead, the curtain will be drawn and witnesses will be taken out. “
Utah is currently the only state where firing squads have been used in the last four decades.
Greenville News noted, “Unlike Utah, which uses a five-member firing squad, the South Carolina firing squad will have three law enforcement officers, and all three will have live rounds, while Utah does not fire at least one rifle. Fatal bullets.”
Shooters will be volunteers who will meet certain qualifications.
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