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South Carolina obtains lethal injection drugs to carry out death penalty again after decade-long hiatus

South Carolina’s governor and the S.C. Department of Corrections announced Tuesday that the state can once again carry out executions by lethal injection, following over a decade of being unable to procure the drugs used for capital punishment. 

Gov. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday the revival of lethal injection, saying that it gives “grieving families and loved ones the closure they are rightfully owed.”

“Justice has been delayed for too long in South Carolina,” McMaster said in a press release. “This filing brings our state one step closer to being able to once again carry out the rule of law and bring grieving families and loved ones the closure they are rightfully owed.”

Gov. Henry McMaster speaks to reporters with South Carolina Comptroller General Brian Gaines standing behind him

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (Joshua Boucher/The State/Tribune News Service via Getty Images/File)

Throughout his term, the Republican governor worked on protecting pharmaceutical companies involved in procuring drugs for the lethal injection by calling upon the General Assembly to pass a Shield Statute. 

According to the SCDC, there are currently 34 death row inmates in South Carolina. McMaster did not specify if any of the death row inmate will choose lethal injection.

McMaster’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Sarah Rumpf-Whitten is a writer on the breaking news team for Fox News Digital. You can reach her on Twitter at @s_rumpfwhitten.

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