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Criminal: The Job

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Julienne Alexander
Criminal podcast host Phoebe Judge tells WUNC's Eric Hodge about how Frank Thompson created Oregon's execution protocol and then came to oppose it.

Capital punishment is almost unheard of in Oregon. The state has executed two men in the past half century. 

Frank Thompson oversaw both of those executions in the 1990s, when he was superintendent of the Oregon Department of Corrections.  The implementation of the death penalty was so rare in the state that Thompson had to rewrite the manual on what the procedure should be.

That process ultimately challenged his belief in the death penalty.  Frank Thompson is the subject of this weeks episode of Criminal.

Criminal is recorded at WUNC.

Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.
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