[Deathpenalty]death penalty news----OHIO
rhalperi at mail.smu.edu
Tue Mar 8 23:49:52 CST 2005
Please sign this and pass it on. This is an unfair
move for Death Row Inmates in Ohio.If this goes
through without protest the consequences will be many
not only for the staff but also for the inmates and
their friends and families, phone calls will only be
allowed to people on the visit list amongst many other
Keep Death Row Inmates at Mansfield
To: Reginald Wilkinson, Dept of Corrections Columbus
Ohio, Terry Collins, Governor Taft Ohio
Death Row inmates currently housed in Mansfield
Correctional Institution are to be moved to Youngstown
Super Maximum Security Prison.
We are told this has nothing to do with the attempted
escape of two death row inmates or any other matter
but rather that it has been discussed before.
If this is true, then why did the Dept of Correction
begin to adapt the visiting area of death row for
contact visits for the first time? In fact these very
visits where approved to begin on 14th February and
where cancelled just before they where due to begin.
Why where all the phones on death row updated and
We oppose this move to Youngstown for several reasons.
This below is a definition of what Youngstown is
"meant" to be used for.
"The OSP facility mission is to protect Ohio=92s
citizens, employees, and inmates by confining those
inmates who pose a threat to staff, other inmates, or
institutional security in a controlled setting that is
conductive to self-improvement."
So Suddenly everyone on death row is a threat to other
inmates and staff? No staff or inmates have been
To keep a Death Row inmate at Mansfield it costs
$57.73 per inmate daily.
The annual cost per inmate is $21,072.25
At Youngstown the cost daily is $157.67
The annual cost is $57,549.20
Multiply the difference by 200 inmates and this is a
huge amount of money.
Apart from the unfairness of this move, and the cost
financially to already burdened tax payers, there are
other considerations to be thought of. Mansfield Town
has many residents who work at the prison, and these
guards would also be made unemployed. This would have
a huge effect on the economy in Mansfield. This would
have a terrible effect on local families.
Opened in 1998, the Supermax is designed for 502
prisoners who spend
most of the day alone in cells with solid doors. The
lights are never
shut off, and amenities are scarce.
Yet they are being held at a facility where it costs
$157 per day to
house a prisoner, vs. $57 per day at a typical
facility such as Mansfield.
A federal district court in Akron ruled in 2002 that
the standards were "arbitrary" and noted that many
prisoners were sent to the supermax merely because
Ohio built such a large supermaximum security prison
well beyond its needs.
Once moved to Youngstown, inmates are in a 6 week
"adjustment" period which means no visits for them.
Some inmates are nearing the end of their appeals and
may not have this 6 weeks left.
Mayor Does Not Support Possible Move Of Death Row
"The possible move of death row from Mansfield to
greatly impact the local economy. It could cause the
loss of 100 jobs
and several million dollars in income. Mansfield Mayor
says the city will do everything in its power to
prevent the move.
Reid says the city of Mansfield has always supported
the prison. She
says death row employs 100 people who make an
estimated $16.00 an
hour and losing the jobs would deal a major economic
blow. Reid says
the idea to move death row has been considered by
for sometime and has nothing to do with the recent
escape attempt of
two death row inmates on February 3. Reid says she
will send a letter
to the Director of the Ohio Department of
Correction Reginald Wilkenson stating that the city
decision to move death row from Mansfield. She is also
the community to start a grass roots campaign to keep
those jobs in
This move affects so many different people for very
It is unfair on everyone involved. There are excellent
reasons to oppose this move, even if you do not care
what actually happens to Death Row inmates.
The financial burden would be placed on Ohio's tax
payers and that is unfair too.
Death Row is probably the safest place in the prison
to work and be in.
We realise two people attempted an escape but it was
an attempt and was stopped. There is no need to move
these inmates to another prison.
As of Feb. 5, there were 465 inmates in the 240-acre
prison with a total security staff of 251.
This prison is meant to house 502 inmates. not 665 as
it would be if this move happens.
So there are many reasons to oppose this move.
Whatever yours are please sign the petition and let
the Department of Corrections know your views.
Please also write and lodge your objections to
Reginald Wilkinson Director of Corrections and Terry
Collins at the address below.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
1050 Freeway Drive North
Columbus, Ohio 43229
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"I am sure that most of the world's leading forensic scientists in this
field would be horrified if they saw the chromatograms used to convict
Kenny Richey. If Kenny Richey were executed on the basis of this
scientific evidence, then these chromatograms will become historical
documents, examined by scientists all over the world to show just how
wrong forensic evidence can be. it would be a great tragedy for the
future of forensic science." Tony Cafe. Arson Expert.
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