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Haunting Photos Of America’s Execution Chambers

Most states in the U.S. rely on lethal injection as the primary mode of execution. But there are some which still use or allow other methods including the gas chamber and the electric chair. A few of these execution facilities have been decommissioned, but the great majority remain officially active.

Take a look at America’s death chambers through these haunting collection of photos gathered from photographers, wire services, and from prison archives throughout the United States.

Lethal Injection Chamber From Witness Room, Cummins Unit, Grady, Arkansas, 1991

Lethal Injection Chamber From Witness Room, Cummins Unit, Grady, Arkansas, 1991

Gas Chamber, Arizona State Prison, Florence, Arizona, 1992

Gas Chamber, Arizona State Prison, Florence, Arizona, 1992

Injection Table, San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California, 2010

Injection Table, San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California, 2010

Lethal Injection Chamber, Territorial Correctional Facility, Canon City, Colorado, 1991

Lethal Injection Chamber, Territorial Correctional Facility, Canon City, Colorado, 1991

Gallows, Department of Corrections, Smyrna, Delaware, 1991 Delaware tore down its gallows in 2003. Execution are now performed through lethal injection.

Gallows, Department of Corrections, Smyrna, Delaware, 1991
Delaware tore down its gallows in 2003. Execution are now performed through lethal injection.

Lethal Injection Gurney, Florida State Prison, Raiford, Florida, Undated

Lethal Injection Gurney, Florida State Prison, Raiford, Florida, Undated

Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, Jackson, Georgia, 2001

Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, Jackson, Georgia, 2001

Electric Chair, Alabama, 1991

Electric Chair, Alabama, 1991

Execution Chamber, Idaho Maximum Security Institution, Boise, Idaho, 2011

Execution Chamber, Idaho Maximum Security Institution, Boise, Idaho, 2011 

Execution Chamber, Indiana State Prison, Michigan City, Indiana, 1995

Execution Chamber, Indiana State Prison, Michigan City, Indiana, 1995

Execution Chamber, Kentucky State Penitentiary, Eddyville, Kentucky, 2004

Execution Chamber, Kentucky State Penitentiary, Eddyville, Kentucky, 2004

Lethal Injection Chamber, Louisiana State Prison, Angola, Louisiana, 1992

Lethal Injection Chamber, Louisiana State Prison, Angola, Louisiana, 1992

Lethal Injection Chamber From Family Witness Room, Parchman State Penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi, 1998

Lethal Injection Chamber From Family Witness Room, Parchman State Penitentiary, Parchman, Mississippi, 1998

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Execution Chamber, Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge, Montana, 1998

 

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Gas Chamber, Central Prison, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1991

 

 

Lethal Injection Chamber, Nevada State Prison, Carson City, Nevada, 1991

Lethal Injection Chamber, Nevada State Prison, Carson City, Nevada, 1991

Death Chamber, Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, Lucasville, Ohio, 1997

Death Chamber, Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, Lucasville, Ohio, 1997

Execution Chamber, Oklahoma State Penitentiary, McAlester, Oklahoma, 1996

Execution Chamber, Oklahoma State Penitentiary, McAlester, Oklahoma, 1996

Execution Chamber, Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem, Oregon, 1997

Execution Chamber, Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem, Oregon, 1997

State Correctional Institute Rockview, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, 2008

State Correctional Institute Rockview, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, 2008

Witness Room, Broad River Correctional Facility, Columbia, South Carolina, 1991

Witness Room, Broad River Correctional Facility, Columbia, South Carolina, 1991

Lethal Injection Chamber, South Dakota State Penitentiary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2012

Lethal Injection Chamber, South Dakota State Penitentiary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2012

Execution Chamber, Riverbend Maximum Security Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, 1999

Execution Chamber, Riverbend Maximum Security Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, 1999

Lethal Injection Chamber, Texas State Prison, Huntsville, Texas, 1992

Lethal Injection Chamber, Texas State Prison, Huntsville, Texas, 1992

Execution by Firing Squad, Utah State Prison, Draper, Utah, 2010

Execution by Firing Squad, Utah State Prison, Draper, Utah, 2010

Electric Chair, Greensville Correctional Facility, Jarratt, Virginia, 1991

Electric Chair, Greensville Correctional Facility, Jarratt, Virginia, 1991

Execution Chamber with Witness Gallery, Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla, Washington, 2008

Execution Chamber with Witness Gallery, Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla, Washington, 2008

H/t NY Mag via atchup

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