Thursday, November 10, 2011

IDOC Releases Protest Guidelines for Execution

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM

The Idaho Department of Correction, IDOC, has released a set of "standards of behavior" required of demonstrators—for or against—the Nov. 18 execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades.

In an effort to allow the public to exercise their First Amendment rights, says IDOC, they're "providing specific areas for the purpose of allowing the public to demonstrate..." made available from 5 a.m. until two hours after the execution has been completed.

Of nine safety considerations outlined, they range from the specific: "Users may not carry placards or signs attached to wood or metal posts of any type," to the obvious: "Possession of firearms or weapons is prohibited on IDOC property."

Participating minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times, everybody is subject to search with hand-held metal detectors, and personal items such as backpacks and purses are subject to inspection.

There's also a stipulation about the noise level. PA systems and bullhorns are prohibited, but if the noise of the event is considered "disruptive," demonstrators will be asked to "reduce the sound level to acceptable levels."

Should the execution be stayed, the areas will be closed at the discretion of IDOC.

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