In what has been hailed a very controversial move, the Governor of the state of South Carolina in the United States has signed in a new law giving inmates on death row the chance to choose how they would like to die.
The two options, signed in by Governor Henry McMaster on Friday, give death row inmates the choice between electric chair or firing squad.
The choice is subject to lethal injection drugs not being available, a problem that many states have had over recent years.
South Carolina has not executed a person since 2011 due to difficulties finding the required drugs, reports CNN. If the prisoner doesn’t make a decision, the state’s Department of Corrections will use electrocution to carry out the execution.
This decision marks South Carolina as the fourth state to allow executions of inmates on death row by firing squad. The other three states that already allow this are Oklahoma, Mississippi and Utah.
Watch the 19 WLTX video here for more on the state’s controversial new law.
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