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April 19, 2010

"Suicide watch stepped up for Death Row inmate"

The title of this post come from the headline of this story in this morning's Columbus Dispatch.  Here are the details as I am contemplate whether I should be concerned that perhaps more of my tax dollars are now being spent by Ohio officials to ensure a condemned inmate does not kill himself before the state gets to kill him tomorrow:

The next inmate to be executed in Ohio is under heightened security as the state tries to avoid another suicide attempt on Death Row. In response, a civil-liberties group suggested the new policy goes too far.

Serial rapist Darryl Durr, who is scheduled to die Tuesday by lethal injection for strangling a 16-year-old girl a suburb of Cleveland in 1988, is under a 72-hour watch at a state prison in Youngstown.

The watch has been standard procedure. But now his cell includes a Plexiglas-like door so guards can keep him under better surveillance, prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn said. Also, his bed lacks springs, which he could use to harm himself, and he can't have physical contact with visitors.

Mental-health staff members will evaluate whether Durr, 46, can have certain personal items, including shoestrings, or leave his cell for recreation, Walburn said.

The moves follow the March 7 suicide attempt of Lawrence Reynolds, an inmate who overdosed on an antidepressant hours before he was to be sent from Youngstown to the Southern Ohio Correction Facility in Lucasville, site of the state's death chamber.

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The government is going to kill a man and they won't allow that man physical contact with anyone? Because of some ridiculous rule that you cannot kill yourself only the state can do that????? So this man will go to his death without being able to get a hug from the people who love him. Sick system who puts anyone to death even sicker denying them a few minutes of comfort.

Posted by: Des | Apr 19, 2010 4:59:34 PM

So there protecting someone, there going to kill anyway? Nice job...

Posted by: N/A | Apr 19, 2010 5:21:33 PM

Hermann Goering killed himself with poison to cheat the hangman at Nuremburg in 1946. I think he left a note saying he would accept being shot like a man but not hung like a criminal. This Ohio guy might hang himself to cheat the poisoner and the doctor who sits by and helps poison him. Ironic, that the People of Ohio can kill a human being and yet deny him the right to kill himself. That they can deny him that right after he has been condemned to death.

When he goes to meet his maker, I hope St. Peter asks him who it was that murdered him and the name of the doctor who assisted. If course I do not believe in any of that religious nonesense.

Posted by: mpb | Apr 20, 2010 6:48:25 PM

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