Idaho House of Representatives approves funds to build firing squad facility

The Idaho House of Representatives approved a supplemental appropriation of $850,000 on Thursday for the Idaho Department of Correction to build a facility to carry out executions by firing squad.

HB 357 passed the House in a 48-19 vote and heads to the Senate.

According to Idaho Reports, the appropriation bill came after both chambers passed a bill to bring back the firing squad as a legal form of execution, if the chemicals for lethal injection are unavailable.

Idaho currently does not have a facility on its prison campus to execute someone by firing squad, so IDOC will need to construct one.

There are currently eight people on Idaho’s death row.

Legislators introduced the proposal for using the firing squad as an alternate method after IDOC had to twice cancel executions because it could not procure the necessary chemicals.


Chris Janson VIP Pre-Party!

Join us Monday, August 22nd at the Western Idaho Fair for Chris Janson! Make sure you get there early because we’ll have a special Pre-Party for the first 75 people at the gate at 5pm catered by Costa Vida, plus your chance to upgrade your seats and win prizes from your favorite Kissin Country Artists!