© 2023 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Ohio Death Row Inmates Face Tougher Security Measures

Inmates on Ohio's death row will have less contact with other inmates and visitors, more inspections of their property, and tighter rules on their medications.

The security changes follow a drug overdose earlier this month by Lawrence Reynolds Junior. A probe by prison officials shows Reynolds had three times the toxic level of the antidepressant Elavil in his blood. He received the medication daily. Authorities say he might have stockpiled the medication or another inmate might have smuggled pills to him.

Reynolds was executed on March 16th after a one-week delay to give him time to recover from the overdose.