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Death Penalty in Indiana

The state may seek a death sentence for murder by alleging the existence of at least one aggravating circumstance. Between 1897 and 2009, a total of 94 men have been executed in the State of Indiana for capital offenses.

The current death penalty law was enacted in 1996 by the Indiana General Assembly. The current method to carry out the execution is by lethal injection.

Death Row

Offenders sentenced to death in Indiana are housed at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, IN. There are nine men and one woman (housed in Ohio on a life sentence) currently under sentence of death in the State of Indiana. All offenders on Death Row are classified as maximum security and housed in single cells.

*There are no executions currently scheduled in Indiana.

Execution Process

When an Execution Order is received from a Court of Law, and all appeals have been exhausted, the State of Indiana makes preparations to carry out the sentence. All executions take place just after midnight at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, IN.

Before a scheduled execution, an additional officer is assigned to Death Row to observe the offender under sentence. Prior to the execution, the offender is transferred to a holding cell, adjacent to the execution room. The holding cell is where the offender is offered a visit from a spiritual adviser.

The current method of execution is lethal injection. Indiana uses a three-drug protocol to carry out execution orders: Brevitol - to induce unconsciousness; Pancuronium or Vecuronium Bromide - to paralyze the respiratory system (stop breathing); and Potassium Chloride - to stop the heart.

Additional information on the death penalty and statistics can be found here, or by visiting www.clarkprosecutor.org or www.Indiana.gov/ipdc