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No Second Chances: What to Do After a Botched Execution

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Ohio tried and failed to execute Alva Campbell. The state shouldn't get a second chance.
The pathos and problems of America's death penalty were vividly on display yesterday when Ohio tried and failed to execute Alva Campbell. Immediately after its failure Gov. John Kasich set June 5, 2019, as a new execution date.
This plan for a second execution reveals a glaring inadequacy in the legal standards governing botched executions in the United States.
Campbell was tried and sentenced to die for murdering 18-year-old Charles Dials during a carjacking in 1997. After Campbell exhausted his legal appeals, he was denied clemency by the state parole board and the governor.
By the time the state got around to executing Campbell, he was far from the dangerous criminal of 20 years ago. As is the case with many of America's death-row inmates, the passage of time had inflicted its own punishments.
The inmate Ohio strapped onto the gurney was a 69-year-old man afflicted with serious ailm…

Ohio: Death-row inmates due in Toledo in ‘near future’

Toledo Correctional Institution
Ohio's Toledo Correctional Institution
Seven months after announcing the move, state prison officials are releasing few details about a transfer of Ohio’s death row inmates to Toledo.

More than 100 prisoners awaiting execution will leave the Chillicothe facility for housing at Toledo Correctional Institution. Executions, however, will continue about 200 miles away in Lucasville.

Ryan Jones, president of the union representing Toledo correctional officers, said administrators told him the new inmates are expected this summer. “They are being very extraordinarily tight-lipped about when the actual move will take place,” Mr. Jones said.

In the meantime, the prison slowly is emptying designated housing after inmates’ terms expire in anticipation of the condemned prisoners’ arrivals, Mr. Jones said.

Mr. Jones said bringing in death-row inmates puts additional stress on corrections officers who already manage prisoners on a wide range of security levels. Officers undoubtedly still will keep residents safe, he said.

“Basically, a prison operates on consistency, routine, and everything being as normal as we can make it,” Mr. Jones said.

The state department picked Toledo because its newer high-security facility is better equipped for inmates with physical and mobility problems.

JoEllen Smith, an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokesman, said in statement Monday she could not release a date or transportation details for “security reasons.”

“The process of moving groups of inmates is both a security and a logistical challenge; however, DRC has a well-developed transportation system for individual, small group, and large group transports,” she said.

Ms. Smith said in October the move between Chillicothe and Toledo would occur “in the near future.”

May figures show 139 inmates on Ohio’s death row, including 11 sentenced in Lucas County, among a statewide prison population of nearly 50,300. Ohio’s annual average cost per inmate is about $26,400.

Source: The Blade, Ryan Dunn, June 6, 2017

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