OAR 291-024-0016
Receipt of Death Warrant




The Superintendent will personally notify the Director that the execution will commence at 12:01 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible on the date specified in the warrant ordering execution. Such notification will be followed by a letter from the Superintendent to the Director confirming this information. The Director will subsequently notify the Governor of the date and time of the pending execution.


The Superintendent, with the Assistant Superintendent of Security, will interview the inmate to be executed, provide the inmate with a copy of the death warrant, and document the interview.


The Superintendent will send a letter to the medical examiner indicating the date and time of the scheduled execution, requesting that the medical examiner or his/her representative be present at the execution and be prepared to issue the certificate of death. The letter to the medical examiner will be sent by certified mail with a return receipt requested.


The Superintendent or his/her designee will notify the Oregon State Police Superintendent’s Office of the scheduled date and time of the execution, followed by a letter confirming the information.


Assembly of Supplies and Equipment:


The Director shall prepare a written order to purchase the lethal substances as described in ORS 137.473 (Means of inflicting death) and attach a certified copy of the judgment of the court imposing the punishment. The written order and copy of the judgment shall be submitted to any wholesale drug outlet as defined in 689.005 (Definitions), registered with the State Board of Pharmacy under 689.305 (Registration of drug outlets) at the time the lethal substances are purchased.


The Superintendent or his/her designee will assemble the supplies and prepare the equipment necessary to effect the execution consistent with ORS 137.473 (Means of inflicting death).


The Superintendent or his/her designee will ensure the execution camera monitoring system is in place and operational.


Selection of Executioner(s): The selection of the executioner(s) will be the responsibility of the Superintendent. The identity of the executioner(s) will remain confidential.


Arrangement will be made to ensure that the telephone company has installed two dedicated telephone lines, hereafter referred to as the emergency telephone lines, which will ring directly into the execution room. The Director will advise the Governor and the Attorney General of the telephone process.


Special Security Team Preparations:


The Assistant Superintendent of Security, or his/her designee subject to the Superintendent’s approval, will select no less than six primary security staff and no less than six alternate security staff from a previously identified pool of security staff to assist in conducting the execution procedure. These selected security staff will be referred to as the special security team.


The Assistant Superintendent of Security or his/her designee will conduct training with the special security team to ensure that all members are fully aware of their roles during the procedure, and that the team is prepared to deal with any disruptive behavior which might be demonstrated by the inmate.

Source: Rule 291-024-0016 — Receipt of Death Warrant, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=291-024-0016.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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