Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction


SEPTEMBER 12, 2001

August 6, 2001

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Public Information Office will be accepting credentials/identification information from media outlets that are planning to cover the execution of inmate John Byrd. We are requesting credentials from everyone who wishes to attend. This information must be faxed to the DRC Public Information Office no later than noon on Thursday, August 31, 2001. The fax number is (614) 752-1171. The execution is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.

Two forms of identification need to be submitted (one photo ID) and a letter (on affiliate letterhead) from the news organization you represent. This letter should include your home address, as well as your work and home telephone numbers. A list will be generated from the information received and you will be cleared only after completing this process. You must have the same credentials with you at the site of the execution. If you are not pre-credentialed you will not gain access to the prison Media Center. The Media Center is a secure area that is being provided inside the prison. Non-credentialed media will be permitted to cover the execution from the parking lot of the prison.

The Media Center for credentialed media will open at 11:00 a.m. on September 12, 2001. The first media briefing will be held at 11:30 a.m. Further briefings will occur as information becomes available. Times for the briefings will be announced in the Media Center. The Media Center will close at 11:30 p.m. At that time, any remaining media will be escorted out of the prison by the DRC public information teams.

There will be no access to other areas of the prison. Movement will be limited to and from the Media Center. For security purposes, photographs and taped video may not be taken out of the Media Center. Television and radio crews will be able to bring their equipment into the center. Live remote shots must be done outside of the institution due to the security of the institution.

Media will not be permitted to enter or leave the Media Center after 8:00 p.m. Immediately following the execution, the official spokesperson from DRC will make a formal announcement regarding the time of death. Following the spokesperson’s announcement, the pool reporters and media witnesses will hold a briefing. No further interviews with DRC staff will be conducted. No one will be permitted to leave the Media Center until the briefings have been concluded.

Each affiliate will be permitted two persons in the Media Center. There will be reserved seating for major media outlets. Forty-eight telephone lines are available in the Media Center, as well as a bank of payphones for 800 numbers and calling card numbers.

DRC will provide a mult-box. Each media outlet should bring proper equipment. No microphones will be permitted on the briefing podium. DRC will supply paper, pens and pencils for the media witnesses.

Per DRC’s media policy, Ohio Public Radio will serve as the pool radio reporter for the execution and the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association will select a print reporter. The Director of DRC will select a television pool reporter through a lottery system comprised of the four major news affiliates.

This information is subject to change. For further information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.