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FEATURED GALLERY: EXECUTION TIMELINE
An Hour by Hour Photo Story
Executions in the United States are not public events. In fact, video or photo cameras have never been allowed in the death houses at the time of executions. Coupled with the fact that many of the states hold executions at nighttime or early morning hours, very few people see or experience what transpires on an execution night in this country - either inside or outside the prison.
The following photos tell the story of a typical execution night. Many of the photos were taken during a media tour of North Carolina's execution facility three days before an actual execution. Much of the text here is taken directly or adapted from the narration of the death row warden as he walked media through the prison.
While the drama of an execution is rarely in the public's eye, it is carried out in the dead of night behind secure prison walls, while victims' families desperately seek closure, prisoners' families prepare for loss, and so the rest of us can safely sleep at night.
That is the intersection of state and justice.
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