Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Execution Process

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An Example of Death Warrant

This is the form the inmate and their family may be required to fill out after the death warrant has been received.

When Clemency Is Denied;
More about this particular denial can be seen here;

Execution Process Guide for Offender Families and Support System. Given to inmate family before lethal injection is carried out in Ohio.

 Ohio Execution Policy Oct 7, 2016

Ohio Death House Tour

Ohio Death House Tour

Ohio Death House Tour


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About 24 hours before a condemned inmate is scheduled to be executed, he will be taken from the Ohio State Penitentiary, where the state keeps death row inmates, to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, where executions are carried out.

The inmate will then be able to order his “special meal,” which is served about 4 p.m. the day before the execution is to be carried out. He is also given an examination to determine if the medical personnel on the state’s execution team will have any difficulties locating suitable veins to insert the shunts that will carry the lethal drugs into the inmate’s system.

The inmate is housed in the state’s death house, located in the same small building where the execution will be carried out, and he has access to a television and a radio. He also is given visitation time with friends, family, spiritual advisers and his attorneys the evening prior to his execution.

If the inmate is not awake by 6 a.m., prison staff will wake him up, and he will be offered the prison’s breakfast as well as the chance to shower before donning his execution garb.
He also will be allowed a final set of visits with family and others.
Shortly before the inmate is to enter the execution chamber, the prison’s warden will read the death warrant and medical personnel will insert the shunts for the drugs. The shunts are typically placed in the arms.
After the inmate is prepared, he will walk 17 steps down a hallway and be strapped to the injection table in the death chamber. Execution team members will examine the tubing that will carry the drugs into the inmate and a low-pressure saline drip will begin to flow through the lines into the inmate. The drip will constantly flow throughout the process to ensure the lines remain open.
The warden will then offer the inmate the opportunity to make a final statement on which there is no set time limit.
After the inmate’s last words, the warden will signal the execution team members who are in control of the drugs, and the first drug, thiopental sodium, a sedative, will be injected into the inmate through the tubing.
After the sedative has been administered, the warden will call the inmate’s name, shake his shoulder and pinch his arm to make sure he is unconscious. An execution team member also will examine the equipment to make sure it is functioning properly.
If there is a problem with the lines or the inmate remains conscious, the lines may be moved and a second dose of the sedative administered.
If the inmate is deemed unconscious, then the second drug, pancuronium bromide, will be administered. The second drug paralyzes the inmate and stops his breathing.
Finally, the third drug, potassium chloride, which induces a heart attack, will be injected.
When the final drug has been administered, a curtain will be closed and the inmate will be checked for signs of life, typically by the Scioto County coroner.
The curtain will then be reopened and the warden will announce the inmate’s time of death.


Death Row logs reveal last days, nights of life.
Ohio provides records of inmates' activities right up to execution.

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