Ohio has a peculiar problem on the capital punishment front. Not long ago, the state was second only to Texas in the number of inmates it put to death each year. It still trails Texas in that regard, and other states too, but now leads the nation in a category of its own making: it has the most inmates–two dozen–with confirmed execution dates. Eleven of those are scheduled for next year, but the dates stretch all the way out over four years into 2019. That’s an unusual situation by itself, yet here’s the real dilemma faced by the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction: four months until the first of those procedures, the state still doesn’t have any drugs to execute the killers with. What’s a death penalty state to do? My recent story tries to explain.
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