Ask a Cop: Does Indiana still use electric chairs?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: Are they still using the electric chair at the Indiana State Prison? Can someone go there and take a look at it? If sentenced to death can a prisoner have a choice of how they want to be executed?

A: No, Indiana stopped using the electric chair in 1995. The electric chair was used between 1913 and 1994 to execute 61 men. The chair is currently on display at the Indiana Department of Corrections Museum in New Castle, Indiana. Prisoners do not have a choice of execution as the only method is lethal injection. Indiana uses a three-drug protocol to carry out the execution orders. This is Brevitol – to induce unconsciousness; Pancuronium or Vecuronium Bromide – to paralyze the respiratory system (stop breathing); and Potassium Chloride – to stop the heart.

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