Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

NEWS RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY AUGUST 22, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA INSTRUCTIONS FOR EXECUTION

(Columbus) - On August 21, 2001 the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson changed the time of executions from 9:00 P.M. to 10:00 A.M. In light of this change, an outdoor media center will open at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) at 3:00 P.M. the day prior to a scheduled execution. A tent will be provided by DRC for the media. The first media briefing will be held at 4:30 P.M. the day prior to the scheduled execution.

On the day of a scheduled execution, the indoor media center will open at 6:00 A.M. All media must arrive at the indoor media center by 8:30 A.M. and must remain inside the media center until the execution is complete. All media witnesses and pool reporters who will be witnessing the execution must arrive at SOCF no later than 7:30 A.M. A briefing will be held on the day of the execution at 7:00 A.M. The media center will close at 3:00 P.M. on the day of the execution. At that time, any remaining media will be escorted out of the prison by the DRC public information teams.

If any outlet needs to submit credentialing changes due to the execution time change, please fax that information to the DRC Public Information Office no later than Friday, August 31, 2001 to (614) 752-1171. Please include two forms of identification (one photo) and a letter (on affiliate letterhead) from the news organization that you represent.  For further information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.