Prisons

State’s Witness in Favor of Execution Protocols Steps Down

The expert witness who testified on behalf of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) will no longer be defending problematic drug protocols used in executions. A press release in April by ODRC implied the witness, Dr. Mark Dershwitz, played a role in developing the State‚Äôs current protocol. Because the American Board of Anesthesiology […]

Prison Records Falsified the Night Inmate Committed Suicide

At least one prison guard falsified an electronic log documenting checks on Billy Slagle, a death row inmate who committed suicide just days before his scheduled execution. A video shows prison rounds conducted later than indicated by the log and came in one-hour increments, instead of the requisite half-hour increments. All six officers on death […]