The Mississippi House wants to allow the state to execute prisoners using a firing squad if officials decide lethal injection is too expensive or unavailable.
The House amended Senate Bill 2237 Friday, which dealt with making the execution process secret, passing it 80-39 and sending it back to the Senate for more work.
Attorney General Jim Hood asked lawmakers earlier this year to approve alternate execution methods including the firing squad, electrocution and the use of nitrogen gas. Those measures had not, until Friday, passed either chamber.
Rep. Robert Foster, R-Hernando, said afterward that the firing squad is a more humane, effective and less costly option than lethal injection. He said he thinks the vast majority of Mississippi residents would support an optional firing squad.
“It’s been one of the more common practices through history,” he said. “It’s very instant and about as humane as you can get while performing an execution in my personal opinion.”
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