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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


For Immediate Release
June 9, 1999
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Newly-constructed Electric Chair

TALLAHASSEE - In response to numerous news media inquiries, the Florida Department of Corrections is providing the attached photograph of the newly-constructed electric chair.

The electric chair is made of oak and was constructed by Corrections Department personnel in 1998. It was installed at Florida State Prison in Starke earlier this year, replacing the chair constructed in 1923. It should be noted that the only aspect of the current electric chair that is new is the wooden structure of the chair itself. The apparatus that administers the electric current to the condemned prisoner is the same that has been used in recent years. It is regularly tested to ensure proper functioning.

A high-resolution photograph of the electric chair is also available at the bottom of this page.

Media questions about the electric chair, the execution process, Death Row or the Department of Corrections should be directed to the public affairs office at (850) 488-0420.

Photo of new electric chair This image is available for download in two formats:
  • As a 1200 DPI, zipped, Windows TIF file. Click here to download the 64.1 MB file.

  • As a 300 DPI JPG file. Click here to open the 230K file in your browser. Then right-click and choose "save picture".

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