Monday, January 30, 2012

Reinke: Another Idaho Execution Might Be Scheduled in Spring

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Brent Reinke, Idaho Department of Correction director, told members of the House Health and Welfare Committee this afternoon that Idaho could see another death row inmate scheduled for execution as early as this spring.

Thirteen men and one woman currently sit on Idaho's death row.

Reinke was briefing lawmakers on how his department, the third-largest in the state, is holding up in the wake of budget constraints while continuing to see growth of its inmate population. Additionally, Reinke and his staff had to manage the Nov. 18 execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades, the first instance of Idaho putting an inmate to death since 1994 and only the second since 1957.

IDOC said the cost of the execution totaled $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.

Reinke said today that his department would have some new recommendations concerning execution procedures that he would present to lawmakers in the coming months.

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