Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Final Day: Execution Teams Activated

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM

The full staff of the Idaho Department of Correction is on extra alert today, as they work toward the final hours and minutes leading to Friday morning's scheduled execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades.

Earlier today, deputy chief of prisons Josh Tewalt formally activated several teams, including correctional emergency emergency response, incident stress management and traffic control.

A complete health-care review of Rhoades will be conducted today.

Rhoades' personal property will be removed and inventoried. He will be allowed to keep one religious item. IDOC director Brent Reinke said that Rhoades had recently been reading extensively from the Bible and a separate book of scriptures.

The medical supplies and chemicals to be used in tomorrow's lethal injection will be inventoried.

Beginning this evening, access to IDOC's South Boise complex will be extremely limited. The complex will go on secure status.

Rhoades is expected to receive his last meal by approximately 7 p.m. this evening.

Rhoades will need to conclude any phone calls by 9 p.m.

Health-care services will offer Rhoades a mild sedative at least twice through the evening.

By no later than 3 a.m. Friday, Rhoades will be offered a light snack. Reinke said he expects that to be cheese and crackers, "to help settle his stomach."

Kevin Kempf, director of operations, will brief those who will witness the execution. Rhoades' family and the victims' families will receive separate briefings.

The chemicals to be used in the lethal injection will transfer custody to the Medical Team to complete chemical and syringe preparation.

BW will be reporting from the IDOC complex through the evening and early morning hours. Follow us at Twitter, Facebook and Citydesk.

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