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The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCSC) informed Attorney General Alan Wilson that they are prepared to carry out executions by firing squad in accordance with state law.prayed in a press release.
The legislation took effect in the month of May 2021, making the main method of execution is the electric chair, however inmates can choose between a firing squad or lethal injection, if the latter is available.
So the Capital Punishment Center at Broad River Correctional Institution was upgraded to have the capacity to carry out executions by firing squadas required by South Carolina law, the release says.
In the place, an execution chair was added in the corner of the room, away from the almost 110-year-old electric chair, which cannot be moved, and bulletproof glass was placed between the death chamber and the witness room. The chair is facing a wall.
Three members of the firing squad will be behind the wall with their respective rifles facing the criminal through an opening that will allow them to fire. The rifles and the opening will not be visible to the witness room. All three rifles will be loaded with live bullets, the statement said.
For their part, the witnesses will only be able to observe the profile of the inmate’s right side. The inmate will be dressed in the prison uniform and will have the right to give his last words.
In addition, the convict will be strapped to a chair with a hood over his head. A target will be placed in the heart where the trio of executors must aim after the warden’s order.
The statement determines that a specialist doctor will attest that the inmate died, declaring him dead and then a curtain will be drawn and witnesses will be escorted out of the room.
The members of the firing squad will be volunteer employees of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. and they must meet some requirements to carry out this work.
There are currently no executions in the state of South Carolina, they were halted until the state could accommodate the firing squad option.which had a cost of 53,600 dollars.
So far there are 35 inmates on death row awaiting their respective executions.