The state of South Carolina has officially brought back execution by firing squads. According to South Carolina’s department of corrections, the state spent $53,600 in renovations at their capital punishment facility to accommodate death row inmates who request execution by firing squad. The department of corrections also issued protocols on how the firing squads would be conducted. Inmates wear a hood on their heads and a small target is placed over their hearts….after that, volunteer employees from the correctional facility have their rifles loaded with live ammunition. Inmates get to issue their last words and then the execution takes place.
State lawmakers claim that firing squads were brought back after South Carolina faced issues obtaining lethal injection drugs. Some lawmakers have called death by firing squad inhumane. Currently, the state has 37 inmates on death row. South Carolina now joins Oklahoma, Utah, and Mississippi for allowing death row inmates to die by firing squad.