The ACLU of Mississippi is deeply disturbed that the Mississippi State House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 2237 by a vote of 80-39. This bill cloaks execution in secrecy and allows the barbaric use of a firing squad.

The ACLU of MS believes all current methods of capital punishment violate the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that outlaws cruel and unusual punishment.

The Mississippi State Legislature should use its energies to abolish the death penalty and should make greater efforts to ensure the judicial process is fair so that no innocent person faces an ultimate and final punishment. ?