One of the biggest news stories of 2011 was the Nov. 18 death of convicted killer Paul Ezra Rhoades and the detailed operations that led up to Idaho's first execution since 1994 and only the second since 1957.
Today, Idaho's Department of Correction released the detailed cost of the execution: $53,411. Of the total, $25,583 went to employee overtime and $27,828 went to operational expenses, including medical supplies, equipment rentals and meals. According to IDOC, the total cost did not include salary and benefits paid to staff who would have been working regardless of whether there had been an execution.
IDOC Director Brent Reinke expressed gratitude for assistance from other city, county and state agencies. Extensive security was required for the events surrounding Nov. 18, which included some small-scaled demonstrations.
Reinke said in a statement today that his department "made a commitment to carry out the assignment with professionalism and a full measure of respect and dignity for all involved. We believe we met those standards while at the same time being careful stewards of taxpayer dollars."
By way of comparison, the Oregon Department of Corrections reportedly spent $57,574 in preparation for the execution of death row inmate Gary Haugen. But on Nov. 22, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber issued a temporary reprieve, two weeks before the scheduled execution date.