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Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner

Director of Public Affairs
Joan Heath

Contact: Office of Public Affairs (478) 992-5248


For Immediate Release

Corrections to Change Execution Protocol

FORSYTH, Ga. – The Department of Corrections has announced that effective immediately, the Department of Corrections will utilize a single drug protocol for court ordered executions. Formerly a three drug process, the new protocol will consist solely of the sedative pentobarbital. The Department has been using pentobarbital in its execution process, and based upon the experience of other states and competent medical testimony, the drug has proven to be effective.

The Court Ordered execution of Warren Lee Hill has been rescheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 23rd at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. The Department is committed to carrying out the Order of the Court in the most responsible and professional manner possible.

The Department of Corrections is the fourth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 150,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.