27 Haunting Photographs Of America's Execution Chambers

By | September 26, 2015

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

Take a look at America's death chambers through this collection of photos gathered from photographers, wire services, and from prison archives throughout the country.

1. Lethal Injection Room From Witness Room, Cummins Unit, Grady, Arkansas, 1991

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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

Injection Table at San Quentin State Prison

Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle/AP

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

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

5. Gallows, Department of Corrections, Smyrna, Delaware, 1991

Delaware tore down its gallows in 2003. All executions are now performed through lethal injection.

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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

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Florida Dept. of Corrections

7. Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, Jackson, Georgia, 2001

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Ric Feld/AP/Corbis

8. Electric Chair, Alabama, 1991

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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

Executioners Preparations

Jessie L. Bonne/AP/Corbis

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

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Indiana Department of Corrections/AP

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

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Stephen Lance Denee/AP

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

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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

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Walter Hinick/AP

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

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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

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Gary Gardiner/AP

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

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Jerry Laizure/AP

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


Jack Smith/AP

20. State Correctional Institute Rockview, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, 2008

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Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections

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

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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

Amber Hunt/AP

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

Mark Humphrey/AP

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

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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


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

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Lucinda Devlin/Galerie m Bochum

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

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Ted S. Warren/AP/Corbis

H/t NY Mag