IDOC releases cost of Rhoades' execution

BOISE, December 30, 2011 – The recent execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades, IDOC #26864, cost the Idaho Department of Correction $53,411.

Of the total, $25,583 went to employee overtime and $27,828 went to operating costs.

IDOC Director Brent Reinke says when his department began preparing for the execution it made a commitment to carry out the assignment with professionalism and a full measure of respect and dignity for all involved.

“We believe we met those standards while at the same time being careful stewards of taxpayer dollars,” Reinke said.

Director Reinke expressed gratitude to other city, county and state agencies which assisted with the event. The department’s external partners included the Kuna Fire Department, the Boise Police Department, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the Ada County Highway District and Idaho State Police.

Operating expenses include medical supplies, equipment rentals and meals. The total cost figure does not include salary and benefits paid to IDOC staff who would have been working regardless of whether or not there had been an execution. Only overtime costs that were accrued as a result of the event were included in the final tally.

By way of comparison, the Oregon Department of Corrections reportedly spent $57,574 in preparation for the execution of death row inmate Gary Haugen. On November 22, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber gave Haugen a temporary reprieve, two weeks before he was scheduled to be executed.

Rhoades was executed on November 18 by lethal injection at Idaho Maximum Security Institution south of Boise. In 1988, he was sentenced to death for the murders of a 34-year-old school teacher and a 21-year-old convenience store clerk, and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of another 20-year-old convenience store clerk.


Story published: 12/30/2011
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