South Carolina establishes the firing squad to apply the death penalty to convicts who can also choose the electric chair. This was announced yesterday, Monday 17 May, by the governor of this southern state of the United States. This weekend I ratified a law that will allow the state to apply the death penalty. The families and relatives of the victims have the right to mourn and obtain justice thanks to the law. Now we can do it, Henry McMaster explained on Twitter.
Republican, pro-death penalty, McMaster wants to resumeexecutions after a ten-year hiatus in his state for lack of drugs used in lethal injections. The law, signed on Friday, makes the electric chair the first choice of a death row inmate instead of lethal injection, and allows the formation of a firing squad, which becomes the second option. According to the text, execution by injection will again become the priority option when the necessary pharmacological products become available again. Until now, a death row inmate had to choose between chair and injection, the latter option being automatic if he refused to choose. There are 37 people on death row in South Carolina who have exhausted the appeal process.
The organization for assistance to prisoners Incarcerated Outreach Network, based in Carolinaof the South, commented on the decision on Twitter as frightening, shocking and abominable. For the local representative of the large American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) civil rights organization, Frank Knaack, the state has found a new way to restart executions within a racist, arbitrary and error-prone system. South Carolina courts make mistakes but the death penalty is irreversible, he added in a statement, noting that people of color make up more than half of those on death row, but only 27 percent of the state’s population.
The electric chair, nicknamed Old Sparky, is not used since 2008 and the last execution by injection was in May 2011, according to reports from the Department of State Prisons and local media. According to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), South Carolina is the fourth state in the United States to allow the death penalty with firing squad, along with Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah. According to the Center, only three inmates have died before a firing squad, all in Utah, since the Supreme Court reintroduced the death penalty in 1976.
May 18, 2021 (change May 18, 2021 | 03:54)
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