South Carolina Ready For Executions By Firing Squad

The Greenville News reports:

South Carolina is now prepared to carry out executions by firing squad, the state Department of Corrections told the state Attorney General’s office on Friday. Once approval comes from the state Supreme Court, the death sentences facing the state’s 35 death-row inmates can follow.

Law passed in May 2021 makes the electric chair the state’s primary means of execution while giving inmates the option of choosing death by firing squad or lethal injection if those methods are available.

While a lack of lethal-injection drugs has made that alternative unavailable, the state now has procedures and facilities in place for firing squads, the Department of Corrections announced Friday afternoon.

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