“Evolving standards of humanity and decency”
The South Carolina Supreme Court has decided that the South Carolina Constitution prohibits the State to use the firing squad or electric chair as a means to terminate a prisoner’s life. South Carolina has a long history of respecting the sanctity of life.
Firing Squad Method
Electric Chair Method
Justice 360 is a nonprofit group. The group argued that electrocution and the firing squad are unconstitutional methods of execution.
They filed the suit on behalf of a group of South Carolina death row inmates. Well-respected Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge Jocelyn Newman issued the following Order:
“In 2021, South Carolina turned back the clock and became the only state in the country in which a person may be forced into the electric chair if he refuses to elect how he will die. In doing so, the General Assembly ignored advances in scientific research and evolving standards of humanity and decency.
“Plaintiffs entitled to declaratory judgment that (1) carrying out executions by electrocution and by firing squad violates the Constitution of the State of South Carolina Constitution and its prohibition on cruel, corporal, or unusual punishments; and (2) S.C. CODE ANN. § 24-3-530, as amended in 2021, is unconstitutional and is, therefore, invalid.”