A proposal to bring back the electric chair for death row executions in South Carolina, passed the state Senate on Tuesday.
The bill, which aims to amend section 24-3-530 of the 1976 code, was introduced on January 9, 2018.
It says that “a person convicted of a capital crime and having imposed upon him the sentence of death shall suffer the penalty by electrocution or, at the election of the person, lethal injection, if it is available at the time of election, under the direction of the director of the department of corrections, to provide that the penalty must be administered by electrocution for a person who waives the right of election, and to provide that if execution by lethal injection under this section is unavailable or is held to be unconstitutional by an appellate court of competent jurisdiction, then the manner of inflicting a death sentence must be electrocution regardless of the method elected by the person.”
SC Senator Williams Timmons (R), a sponsor of the bill, had this to say about the vote:
“Our society is a society of laws. The people of South Carolina asked for justice to be served, and it’s our responsibility to see that justice is carried out.”
The bill now heads to the House.
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