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December 17, 2011

Ohio condemned to have new place to await their execution

I found interesting this morning this article in my local Columbus Dispatch about the impact of Ohio's decision to relocate its death row.  The article is headlined "Death Row prisoners will gain a few perks when they’re moved to Chillicothe," and here is how it gets started:

Prisoners on the “ new” Death Row at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution are taking a step back in time, to 1926. The move from the Ohio State Penitentiary at Youngstown, to be completed by the end of the month, means prisoners will have smaller cells in a wing of an old federal prison that once housed notorious killer Charles Manson, among others.

But there are advantages: a gymnasium with a basketball court, a small outdoor recreation area and an indoor area where “contact” visits with family members will be permitted. All are Death Row firsts.

Some members of the news media got a rare look inside Death Row yesterday before inmates are moved into the “prison within a prison.” Once the condemned men arrive, tight security restrictions will make it off-limits to the media except for interviews in designated areas, and for the 2,600 prisoners in the general population.

There is a sense of foreboding about the 85-year-old Chillicothe prison, with its stone-pillared administration building, compared with the stripped-down modernity of the 13-year-old Youngstown facility, known as a “super-max” facility because it was designed to house the “worst of the worst” offenders.

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There is a sense of foreboding but also of workmanship. Has anyone failed to miss the quality of yesteryear? Those intolerant, bigoted, non-unionized homophobes built structures to last.

In NY, Auburn was built in 1816, Sing Sing in 1826, Elmira in 1875, but the UK boasts Shepton Mallet of Somerset, built in 1625!

Shouldn't those convicted of the gravest crimes face some dreariness rather than a "rainbow in the sky all the time"? {Ziggy Marley}

[Chillicothe will be so much warmer in the yard than Youngstown, as it were].

Posted by: Adamakis | Dec 19, 2011 11:21:12 AM

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