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  Methods of Execution - Monitor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
During the execution, two Department of Corrections' staff members are posted in the execution chamber to ensure that the offender is seated and that the electrocution equipment is properly connected.
As soon as possible after the execution proceeding, the superintendent forwards the death warrant to the Governor, indicating that the execution has been carried out and files a copy of the death warrant with the circuit court in which the condemned offender was convicted and sentenced to death.
Execution team members and all staff participating in an execution participate in a briefing and counseling prior to an execution and a debriefing and counseling are available following an execution.
www.fcc.state.fl.us /fcc/reports/monitor/methmon.html   (8652 words)

 gas chamber, death, prison
These fixtures are mounted at 90 degrees to the surface of the ceiling with the inlet being nearest the perimeter of the chamber and the lamp being nearest the center of the chamber.
The Lethal Chamber and all its contents are washed with caustic soda (walls, floor and ceiling) and the residue flushed into the Gas Generator at the base of the chamber and thence down the drain.
Some of these chambers required that the cyanide pellets (often called "eggs") be placed in a gauze sack and dipped into the acid solution in the generator below the chamber by a trip mechanism similar to the one in Mississippi except that it was suspended from the chain instead of being fastened to the floor.
www.angelfire.com /fl3/starke/gaschamber.html   (4928 words)

Witnesses are typically restricted to the witness room adjacent to the execution chamber, and are instructed to remain silent.
Once the inmate is dressed, he or she waits in the death-watch cell with a spiritual advisor until the warden gives the signal to bring the prisoner to the execution chamber.
Executions in the United States were once a public spectacle, and the tradition persisted well into the first half of the 20th century.
www.outlawslegal.com /refer/lethal/lethal.htm   (2872 words)

 Methods of Execution - the International Justice Project
While the majority of these states provide for execution by lethal injection, some states provide for alternative methods which are dependent upon the choice of the inmate, the date of the execution or sentence, or the possibility of the method being held unconstitutional.
Once the execution team has left the chamber, the room is sealed, and the warden signals the executioner to flick a lever which causes the bottom of the cyanide container to open allowing the cyanide to fall into the sulfuric acid solution, producing a lethal gas.
The use of a gas chamber for execution was inspired by, among other things, the use of poisonous gas in World War I. Nevada became the first state to adopt (and carry out) execution by lethal gas in 1924.
www.internationaljusticeproject.org /briefs_execution_methods.cfm   (2616 words)

 Chinese use mobile death vans to execute prisoners - The Wire - May2003 - Amnesty International
Execution by lethal injection as an alternative to the firing squad was introduced in China in the revised Criminal Procedure Law in 1997 and was first used on an experimental basis in Yunnan province.
These are intended to replace the traditional method of execution by firing squad in which prisoners are taken to an execution ground and made to kneel with hands cuffed before being shot in the head.
Eighteen mobile executions vans, converted 24-seater buses, are being distributed to all intermediate courts and one high court in Yunnan province.
web.amnesty.org /wire/May2003/China   (524 words)

 Lethal Injection Procedures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
As soon as the execution order is received, the condemned inmate is moved into a special security area of the prison.
the day before the execution, the inmate will be moved to the death watch cell which is adjacent to the execution chamber.
He is escorted into the execution chamber a few minutes before the appointed time and is strapped onto a table.
www.corr.ca.gov /ReportsResearch/lethalInjection.html   (750 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Lethal Injection Works"
About 74 of the world's countries and 38 American states have a death penalty (although the vast majority of executions in 2004 took place in China, Iran, Vietnam and the United States), so this unpleasant topic is bound to come up [ref].
The form by which prisoners are executed is changing.
In this article, we'll examine this method of execution, learn how it is carried out and what a prisoner experiences in the days prior to the execution.
people.howstuffworks.com /lethal-injection.htm   (247 words)

 Execution Methods Report: Methods By State   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The members of the Execution Team are from other institutions that do not house death row inmates to reduce the likelihood of a correctional officer participating in the execution of an inmate he/she previously had contact with.
Execution procedure: Inmates are given the option of receiving a sedative by injection prior to the execution.
Execution procedure: Approximately one hour prior to the execution, the inmate is given a 10 mg.
www.fcc.state.fl.us /fcc/reports/methods/emstates.html   (6064 words)

 Old execution chamber may never be used again (printable version)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Warden Mike Budge says the half-century-old chamber is in a cramped corner of the prison that’s “almost medieval.” Besides, he says, recent federal court rulings have raised uncertainty over the future of capital punishment in America.
The 9-by-12-foot death chamber was last used in April 2001, when a screaming, sobbing Sebastian Stephanus Bridges, 37, was executed by lethal injection for shooting another man and letting him bleed to death in the desert outside Las Vegas.
Besides the death chamber, with its beige-painted walls, two bare light bulbs and a ventilation pump on the ceiling, there’s a 13-by-20-foot viewing room and a closet-size “executioners’ room.” From there, two prison employees, peering through a cracked, one-way mirror into the death room, pump a cocktail of lethal drugs into condemned inmates’ veins.
www.rgj.com /news/printstory.php?id=19098   (845 words)

 Methods of Execution
Current execution procedure is found at Indiana Code 35-38-6 and requires that the execution take place inside the walls of the Indiana State Prison at Michigan City before sunrise.
The inmate is escorted into the execution chamber and is strapped onto a gurney with ankle and wrist restraints.
History: The use of a gas chamber for execution was inspired by the use of poisonous gas in World War I, as well as the popularity of the gas oven as a means of suicide.
www.clarkprosecutor.org /html/death/methods.htm   (2704 words)

 Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Execution procedures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
An inmate scheduled for execution shall be transported from the Ellis/Mountain View Unit to the Huntsville Unit prior to the scheduled execution.
This individual(s) shall be visually separated from the execution chamber by a wall and locked door, and shall also not be identified.
After the inmate is pronounced dead, the body shall be immediately removed from the execution chamber, taken to an awaiting vehicle and delivered to a local funeral home for burial by the family or state.
www.fdp.dk /uk/tdcj/exe-proc.htm   (577 words)

 Execution chamber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An execution chamber, or death chamber, is a room or chamber in which a legal execution is carried out.
Execution chambers are almost always inside the walls of a maximum-security prison, although not always at the same prison where the death row population is housed.
In most cases, a witness room is located adjacent to an execution chamber, where witnesses may watch the execution through glass windows.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Execution_chamber   (184 words)

 Methods of Execution: Gas Chamber   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The last use of a gas chamber was on March 3, 1999, when Walter LaGrand, a German national, was executed in Arizona.
For execution by this method, the condemned person is strapped to a chair in an airtight chamber.
At postmortem, an exhaust fan sucks the poison air out of the chamber, and the corpse is sprayed with ammonia to neutralize any remaining traces of cyanide.
teacher.deathpenaltyinfo.msu.edu /c/about/methods/gaschamber.htm   (358 words)

 Execution Chamber Ordeal, No Final Words, But Officials Seemed To Have Trouble With Injection - CBS News
From the time Williams walked into the execution chamber until he was declared dead was more than 36 minutes.
Then he was taken to the death watch cell just steps from the execution chamber in the south east corner of the prison.
However, he did change his mind about having friends witness his execution and the five people selected by Williams were among the 39 who watched as he was brought into the execution chamber just before midnight.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2005/12/13/national/main1120046.shtml   (704 words)

 Witness to an Execution [Transcript]: Radio Documentary by Sound Portraits
And at that time the inmate's lying on the gurney and myself and Chaplain Brazzil are in the execution chamber with the inmate.
And I walked with and stood by and witnessed the execution of ninety-five inmates, from the first one that was done in 1982 until the end of August, 1995.
And she said 'What's the matter?' And I said 'I just thought about that execution that I did two days ago, and everybody else's that I was involved with.' And what it was was something triggered within and it just – everybody -- all of these executions all of a sudden all sprung forward.
www.soundportraits.org /on-air/witness_to_an_execution/transcript.php3   (3465 words)

 Plans in works for new Texas execution chamber
The execution chamber underwent a minor renovation nearly three years ago when a wall was erected, dividing the small witness area in half to accommodate survivors of murder victims who wished to witness the execution of the person convicted of killing their loved one.
Since then, the execution total has reached 158, the highest in the nation among states with the death penalty.
The chamber was refit in the mid 1980s with the wheeled gurney replaced by a steel table bolted to the floor.
www.texnews.com /1998/texas/exec0916.html   (675 words)

 Gas chamber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The chamber has since been converted to an execution chamber for execution by lethal injection.
In those states, it is possible for a gas chamber execution, but when those inmates are "removed" from death row (one way or another), the Gas Chamber will no longer have the realistic possibility of being used again.
Nazi gas chambers in mobile vans and at least eight concentration camps (see also extermination camp) were used to kill several million people between 1941 and 1945.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Gas_chamber   (1388 words)

 Execution Day
I explained to the chaplain that I did intend to witness the execution as a friend, and not as a victim.
Karla issued her final statement in which she told the victims family that she was sorry for what she had done, and that she hoped they receive some sort of closure or healing from this.
During the execution process I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in a way that I have never felt before.
home.houston.rr.com /rwcarlson/execution.htm   (1240 words)

 BBC NEWS | Americas | Camp Delta death chamber plan
A court and execution chamber could be built at the US detention camp in Cuba under plans being drawn up by military officials.
Pentagon rules for the tribunals permit death sentences to be passed and the construction of a death chamber at the camp is among options being considered.
General Miller told AP there are also plans to build a permanent prison block for those convicted and sentenced and an execution chamber should any be sentenced to death.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/americas/2979076.stm   (366 words)

 'This was not a man who went meekly': An eyewitness account of Stanley Tookie Williams' execution
The execution of convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams was a defiant, determined and messy affair -- surprising right up to the bitter end, just like his unfortunate life.
Becnel stood with two companions -- a woman and a man -- at the only window in the death chamber with a clear line of sight into Williams' eyes, and it was as if the three were willing themselves to transcend the glass and stand right there in the death chamber with their friend.
The walls are too thick in the fortress-like Death Row, where the execution chamber is appropriately enough placed, for any outside noise to leak in.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/12/13/MNGCKG79QJ16.DTL   (1269 words)

Alabama’s deadliest piece of furniture, the chair known as “Yellow Mama,” is being joined by a new execution chamber at Holman Prison in Atmore.
On July 1, the Legislature changed Alabama’s primary form of execution from the electric chair to lethal injection.
The proceeds from the land sale are being used mostly to relieve the backlog of state inmates in county jails, but $185,000 is paying for remodeling work on death row, Haley said.
www.geocities.com /vladd77/ALABAMA_EXECUTIONS.html   (381 words)

 Dubroom: Articles - Plans for execution chamber at Guantanamo Bay
Plans for an execution chamber at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba are being studied by the U.S. military as it prepares to bring suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists to trial later this year.
A Pentagon spokeswoman said Thursday that the base's prison commander is discussing whether to include the death chamber in possible plans for a permanent prison.
She said it probably would not be until this summer, at the earliest, before Bush signs an executive order identifying individuals to face trial.
www.dubroom.org /articles/127.htm   (1291 words)

 CNN.com - Supreme Court rejects Williams' plea - Dec 12, 2005
The high court was the former gang leader's last chance to avoid death by injection after California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied him clemency earlier Monday and a federal appeals court panel rejected a request to stay his execution.
Schwarzenegger announced his decision not to commute Williams' sentence to life in prison without parole shortly after a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, rejected an affidavit from the convict's lawyers that suggested someone framed him.
In their appeal to the 9th Circuit, his attorneys pinned their hopes on the declaration of a new witness -- Gordon Bradbury von Ellerman -- a jail trusty detained with Williams in the Los Angeles County Jail from 1979 to 1980.
www.cnn.com /2005/LAW/12/12/williams.execution/index.html   (864 words)

 FOXNews.com - Reporter's Notebook: Inside the Execution Chamber - U.S. & World
We enter the death chamber witness room, which I am told is called the execution chamber witness gallery.
I now understand this process is choreographed down to the number of surgical gloves in the execution chamber.
The lethal injection execution is clinical, it is sterile and in the minds of a great majority of California voters, it is a just process.
www.foxnews.com /story/0,2933,178536,00.html   (2679 words)

 USATODAY.com - Rumsfeld visits Iraqi mass grave, execution chamber   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
They were the unidentified among more than 3,000 massacre victims unearthed in Al Hillah, a 1,000-year-old city near the site of ancient Babylon, shortly after American forces moved through last spring on the way to Baghdad.
Karpinski said Iraqis estimate up to 6,000 prisoners were put to death every year in the chamber.
One month, she said, prison officials decided they needed to reduce the number of inmates by 2,000 and so executed that many during that month.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/iraq/2003-09-06-rumsfeld-iraq_x.htm   (732 words)

 frontline: the execution
FRONTLINE looks into the mind and soul of a death row killer and the effect of his execution on all who had a stake in it.
Boggess spent almost ten years on Texas' death row praying and awaiting the execution chamber.
The site presents video of Boggess describing in brutal detail the two murders; an expert's analysis of whether Boggess fit the profile of a psychopath; the letters Boggess wrote to his victims'families; his artwork.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/execution   (114 words)

 Guantanamo Eyes Possible Execution Chamber   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Guantanamo officials are ready to provide a courtroom, a prison and an execution chamber if the order comes to try terror suspects at the base in Cuba, the mission commander said.
If you execute a terrorist in a way they become immortal, and in the eyes of their supporters a martyr.
I'd consider an execution chamber only if it were used in conjunction with wrapping each prisoner in bacon before execution.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/926173/posts   (1750 words)

The Associated Press reports, "Guantanamo officials are ready to provide a courtroom, a prison and an execution chamber if the order comes to try terror suspects at the base in Cuba, the mission commander said."
Last month, officials named Army Col. Frederic Borch III the chief prosecutor and Air Force Col. Will Gunn as chief defense lawyer for the proposed trials.
Convictions could be handed down by a majority vote; a decision to sentence a defendant to death would have to be unanimous.
www.defensetech.org /archives/000462.html   (247 words)

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