Entries tagged with “Frank Thompson

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Feb 21, 2023

NEW PODCAST: Former Prison Superintendent Frank Thompson on How Executions Affect Corrections Officers

In the February 2023 edi­tion of Discussions with DPIC, for­mer Oregon Superintendent of Prisons Frank Thompson speaks with DPIC Managing Director Anne Holsinger about how his expe­ri­ences as a cor­rec­tions offi­cer — as well as being a mur­der victim’s fam­i­ly mem­ber — have affect­ed his views on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. Thompson over­saw the only two exe­cu­tions per­formed in Oregon in the past 50 years and was respon­si­ble for devel­op­ing the exe­cu­tion pro­to­col. He said the process of per­form­ing exe­cu­tions cre­at­ed an addi­tion­al group of vic­tims” among the prison staff. Seeing the stress it caused him…

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Apr 02, 2015

NEW VOICES: Warden Says Death Penalty Imposes Immeasurable Burden” on Correctional Officers

Former prison war­den, Frank Thompson, has urged repeal of Delaware’s death penal­ty. In an op-ed for The News Journal of Delaware, the for­mer war­den, who has per­son­al­ly over­seen two exe­cu­tions, describes the immea­sur­able bur­den that th[e exe­cu­tion] process places on cor­rec­tion­al offi­cers” and the trau­ma expe­ri­enced by cor­rec­tion­al offi­cers who must car­ry out exe­cu­tions. Thompson says, Many of us who have tak­en part in this process live with night­mares, espe­cial­ly those of us who have par­tic­i­pat­ed in exe­cu­tions that did not go smooth­ly. Correctional offi­cers who car­ry out exe­cu­tion can…