On Friday, the Ohio prisons department announced it would require a post-execution review of all lethal injections in response to a federal court judge’s criticism.
The requirement calls for a “quality assurance review” by a special assistant designated by the director of the prisons department. It must include an evaluation of the execution team and a review of documentation, training, and professional qualifications.
Inmates have argued that Ohio too often strays from its execution policies by not always having the required number of execution-team members present and not always documenting the mixing of drugs.
The new policy is to go into effect September 18, two days before the state’s next scheduled execution.
- Ohio ready to try to get its machinery of death back in operation (sentencing.typepad.com)
- “Ohio and the Death Penalty” (sentencing.typepad.com)
- Editorial: Ohio and the Death Penalty (nytimes.com)
- Ohio’s wonderful Governor John Kasich (Not) (jack41920000.wordpress.com)
- Judge delays execution, rips ‘haphazard’ process (dispatch.com)