Monday, November 21, 2011

A Narrated Tour Of Oregon's Execution Chamber

On Friday, I was part of a media tour of Oregon's seldom-used execution room. Officials at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem are preparing for the upcoming execution of Gary Haugen. It's scheduled for December 6, but since Haugen is "volunteering" for the execution by way of dropping all remaining legal appears, he has the power to stop it (for now) by simply changing his mind. (The governor can also call it off, and there's a pending legal request before the Oregon Supreme Court to halt the execution, filed by an anti-death penalty group.)

The Department of Corrections did not permit reporters to bring video or audio reporters, but the agency did distribute "B-roll" of the death chamber. So using that footage, we created a narrated tour of the execution room: