New Death Chamber Construction Halted

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, April 20, 2007

Corrections officials say the project’s been put on hold because it’s costing more than expected.  They’d originally estimated the price of a new death chamber at 399-thousand dollars – just under the 400-thousand that would have prompted a legislative review.  Now officials say the cost may run as high as 725-thousand dollars. A corrections spokesman says that’s due partly to roof repairs, new medical equipment and new fire alarms.   

The administration says it was building the new chamber because a federal judge cited problems with the old one when he declared a moratorium on executions last year.  State lawmakers have planned a hearing into the corrections department’s actions next week.