Utah Reinstates Death by Firing Squad

March 25th, 2015

Utah is running out of the drug it uses for lethal injections for death row inmates. Rather than get rid of the death penalty, the state has decided to reinstate the firing squad. Governor Gary Herbet signed a new law this week that allows an old school firing squad to be used to kill inmates when the necessary drugs aren’t available. According to the new law, inmates would only be killed by firing squad when the state was unable to procure the needed drugs more than 30 days prior to the scheduled execution date.

Lethal injection still remains the state’s primary form of execution, and a firing squad will only be used in extreme circumstances stated Dr Jennifer Wilson in a recent article. Currently Utah is the only state to have used the firing squad method of execution since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. It has only used a firing squad 3 times since that time. The last time was in 2010, when five police officers show a man convinced of killing a bartender and then shooting a lawyer during an attempt to escape the courthouse in 1985.

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