An Executions Timeline

Images sourced from: deathpenaltyphoto.org 

Prison barbed-wire fencing.

American Justice.

 

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timeline04The prisoner is taken from the death row population.

timeline06Prisoner has the last meal at this table…

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final contact visitation with friends and family…

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and the last opportunity to use the phone.

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The warden brings the prisoner to death watch.

The door leading to "Cell C" on North Carolina's death watch area.

Cell C is where the prisoner is kept.

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Inside of Cell C.

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The last bed to be slept on.

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Prisoner is placed on the gurney, IV lines are started.

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Warden instructs the witnesses…

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in the witness viewing room

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Gurney is wheeled into the death chamber…

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and is placed at the viewing window.

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A curtain is pulled to hide the execution team.

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Photo of an art installation about executions.

(2:05 am or 2:17 am)

The prisoner is pronounced dead.

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Family and witnesses exit the prison.

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The State announces the time of death…

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Meanwhile a prison van takes the body…

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A death certificated is issued.

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The manner of death listed as homicide.

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and another body is laid to rest.

 

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What would your last meal be?

Death row inmates have one last request before they die: ‘What would you like your last meal to be?

Henry Hargreaves photographed a series of meals that American death row prisoners requested as their last meal. His “No Seconds” series which you can see below, has a main goal “to have the viewer identify with the prisoner though their meal request. I wanted the viewer to think of them as a person for a moment instead of them being anonymous.”

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All photos were taken and owned by Henry Hargreaves