Court to issue warrant to sheriff; contents
Sec. 2. The court in which a death sentence is ordered shall issue a warrant to the sheriff within fourteen (14) days of the sentence:
(1) that is under the seal of the court;
(2) that contains notice of the conviction and the sentence;
(3) that is directed to the superintendent of the state prison; and
(4) that orders the superintendent to execute the convicted person at a specified time and date in the state prison.
As added by P.L.311-1983, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.20-2002, SEC.2.
Delivery of person to superintendent; receipt of delivery of person
Sec. 3. A sheriff who receives a warrant under section 2 or section 7 of this chapter shall immediately:
(1) transport the person to the state prison;
(2) deliver the person and the warrant to the superintendent of the prison;
(3) obtain a receipt for the delivery of the person; and
(4) deliver the receipt to the clerk of the sentencing court.
As added by P.L.311-1983, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.20-2002, SEC.3.
Confinement of convicted person; segregation of female prisoner; visits by certain persons
Sec. 4. (a) The convicted person shall be confined in the state prison until the date of the convicted person's execution. The convicted person may temporarily be held in a maximum security
facility for security purposes or during renovation of the state prison.
A convicted female shall be confined in a maximum security
women's prison until not more than thirty (30) days before the date
of her execution. A convicted female shall be segregated from male
prisoners after her transfer from the women's prison.
(b) The convicted person's:
(4) friends; and
(5) spiritual advisor;
may visit the convicted person while the convicted person is confined. The department of correction shall adopt rules, under IC 4-22-2, governing such visits.
As added by P.L.311-1983, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.20-2002, SEC.4.
Place of execution of death sentence
Sec. 5. The execution must take place inside the walls of the state prison in a room arranged for that purpose. The department of correction shall provide the necessary room and appliances to carry out the execution as provided in this chapter.
As added by P.L.311-1983, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.294-1995, SEC.2.
Persons permitted to be present at execution of death sentence; exclusion of persons for safety or security reasons; confidentiality of identity of persons assisting in execution
Sec. 6. (a) Only the following persons may be present at the execution:
(1) The superintendent of the state prison.
(2) The person designated by the superintendent of the state prison and any assistants who are necessary to assist in the execution.
(3) The prison physician.
(4) One (1) other physician.
(5) The spiritual advisor of the convicted person.
(6) The prison chaplain.
(7) Not more than five (5) friends or relatives of the convicted person who are invited by the convicted person to attend.
(8) Except as provided in subsection (b), not more than eight (8) of the following members of the victim's immediate family who are at least eighteen (18) years of age:
(A) The victim's spouse.
(B) One (1) or more of the victim's children.
(C) One (1) or more of the victim's parents.
(D) One (1) or more of the victim's grandparents.
(E) One (1) or more of the victim's siblings.
(b) If there is more than one (1) victim, not more than eight (8)
persons who are members of the victims' immediate families may be
present at the execution. The department shall determine which
persons may be present in accordance with procedures adopted under
(c) The department shall develop procedures to determine which family members of a victim may be present at the execution if more than eight (8) family members of a victim desire to be present or if there is more than one (1) victim. Upon the request of a family member of a victim, the department shall establish a support room for the use of:
(1) an immediate family member of the victim described in subsection (a)(8) who is not selected to be present at the execution; and
(2) a person invited by an immediate family member of the victim described in subsection (a)(8) to offer support to the immediate family member.
(d) The superintendent of the state prison may exclude a person from viewing the execution if the superintendent determines that the presence of the person would threaten the safety or security of the state prison and sets forth this determination in writing.
(e) The department of correction:
(1) shall keep confidential the identities of persons who assist the superintendent of the state prison in an execution; and
(A) classify as confidential; and
(B) withhold from the public;
any part of a document relating to an execution that would reveal the identity of a person who assists the superintendent in the execution.
As added by P.L.311-1983, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.20-2002, SEC.5; P.L.56-2006, SEC.1.
Escape and recapture of convicted person
Sec. 7. (a) If the convicted person:
(1) escapes from custody before the date set for execution; and
(2) is recaptured before the date set for execution;
the convicted person shall be confined and executed according to the terms of the warrant.
(b) If the convicted person:
(1) escapes from custody before delivery to the superintendent of the state prison; and
(2) is recaptured after the date set for execution;
any person may arrest and commit the convicted person to the jail of the county in which the convicted person was sentenced. The sheriff shall notify the sentencing court of the recapture, and the court shall fix a new date for the execution. The new execution date must not be less than thirty (30) nor more than sixty (60) days after the recapture of the person. The court shall issue a new warrant in the form prescribed by section 2 of this chapter.
Suspension of execution of death sentence; reason for delay
Sec. 8. (a) If the execution of the death sentence is suspended, the department of correction shall note the reason for the delay on the warrant but shall proceed with the execution when the period of suspension ends.
(b) The warrant shall be returned to the clerk of the sentencing court after:
(1) the convicted person is executed;
(2) the convicted person has been pardoned;
(3) the convicted person's judgment has been reversed;
(4) the convicted person's sentence has been commuted; or
(5) the convicted person dies before his execution;
with a statement concerning the completion of the execution or the reason why the person was not executed.
As added by P.L.311-1983, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.20-2002, SEC.7.
Application of chapter to women convicted and sentenced to death
Sec. 9. The provisions of this chapter in relation to the infliction of the death penalty extend equally, so far as applicable, to the case of any woman convicted and sentenced to death.
As added by P.L.311-1983, SEC.3.
Suspension of execution of sentence when condemned woman is pregnant; certification of physicians
Sec. 10. If the physician of the state prison and one (1) other physician certify in writing to the superintendent of the state prison and the sentencing court that a condemned woman is pregnant, the superintendent shall suspend the execution of the sentence. When the state prison physician and one (1) other physician certify in writing to the superintendent of the state prison and the sentencing court that the woman is no longer pregnant, the sentencing court shall immediately fix a new execution date.