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South Carolina Corrections Department Brings Back Firing Squads For Executions
Gene363 Online
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Worry not if the state cannot get lethal injection drugs, now they can employ a firing squad or old Sparky.

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If you kill someone in South Carolina, they now stand ready to kill you back. With difficulties in obtaining the drugs needed for lethal injections, the Palmetto State once again has accommodations for firing squad executions in addition to Ol’ Sparky, the electric chair for carrying out death sentences.

Yes, for those who don’t want to ride the lightning, thanks to improvements made to the execution chamber at Broad River Correctional Institute in Columbia, death row inmates now can opt for a firing squad.

After a ten-year long pause in carrying out executions, there’s a line 35 inmates deep ready for execution of their death sentences, including two who would have died last June, but the firing squad hadn’t yet been reauthorized.

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The Greenville News has the story . . .

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…

Apparently they can’t just put the death row inmates against a wall or in a folding chair in front of a berm.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections spent about $53,600 to establish a firing squad and renovate its execution facility, according to Department of Corrections spokesperson Chrysti Shain. That includes a number of rifles — exactly how many was redacted in a response to a records request by The Greenville News — and it includes renovations to the capital-punishment facility, stainless steel sheeting, ammunition and ballistic partitions, according to invoices obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. …

Unlike Utah, which uses a five-member firing squad, South Carolina will have three law-enforcement officers in its firing squad, and all three will have live rounds, while in Utah at least one rifle fires non-lethal bullets.

Members of South Carolina’s firing squad are volunteers from within the state Department of Corrections who meet certain qualifications, according to the department.



DrafterX Offline
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Why not just tie a grenade to their throat and make them take off running thru da woods...? Huh
Gene363 Online
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DrafterX wrote:
Why not just tie a grenade to their throat and make them take off running thru da woods...? Huh


They tried that once, the condemned man was so happy he gave the warden a long hug, his replacement stopped the practice.
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I read about this. Very intersting approach.

I had a thought, though, that might also make some other meaningful change to our world.

Why not give them an ounce of Fentanyl on the tongue?

A. It puts their lights out, and

B. It will make Fentanyl so evil in the public's eye that the government will have to lock down the southern border to stop that evil death penality drug from getting in to the US.

Plus, it seems like we have a bunch of it laying around from all the busts.
DrafterX Offline
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Or we could give fentanyl to a couple rabid racoons and skunks and throw them in da cell... Mellow
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DrafterX wrote:
Or we could give fentanyl to a couple rabid racoons and skunks and throw them in da cell... Mellow


Ya, I like that one! There's plenty of fentanyl Biden is letting the cartels bring across the border.
Gene363 Online
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Stogie1020 wrote:
I read about this. Very intersting approach.

I had a thought, though, that might also make some other meaningful change to our world.

Why not give them an ounce of Fentanyl on the tongue?

A. It puts their lights out, and

B. It will make Fentanyl so evil in the public's eye that the government will have to lock down the southern border to stop that evil death penality drug from getting in to the US.

Plus, it seems like we have a bunch of it laying around from all the busts.


Yes, and we have plenty of lethal doses sitting in evidence rooms all over the country. Heroin too.
Gene363 Online
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DrafterX wrote:
Or we could give fentanyl to a couple rabid racoons and skunks and throw them in da cell... Mellow


Double benefit, possibly profitable with pay per view, especially if they contract rabies, might want to save that one for rapists and child molesters.
Sunoverbeach Offline
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This is gross government overspending. For what ammo costs? I vote we bring back good old fashioned stoning..... not the good kind either
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