MEDIA ADVISORY FOR SCHEDULED EXECUTION OF KEVIN KEITH
Media Instruction and Information Sheet
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and
Correction (DRC) Bureau of Communications will be accepting
credentials/identification information from media outlets that
are planning to cover the execution of inmate Kevin Keith
(Crawford County). This information must be faxed or
emailed to the DRC Bureau of Communications no later than
noon on Friday, September 10, 2010. The
fax number is (614) 752-1171. The execution is scheduled for
10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at the Southern
Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
The Media Center is a secure area that is
being provided inside the prison. There are two forms of
identification that need to be submitted to be granted access to
the Media Center, including 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.
Non-credentialed media will be permitted to cover the event from
the prison parking lot.
Per DRC’s media policy, a radio pool reporter
will be selected by DRC to witness 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.
The Media Center will open at 7:00 a.m.
the day of the execution. Media witnesses and pool reporters
must report to the prison no later than 7:45 a.m. on the
morning of the execution. There will be a briefing at 8:00
a.m. the day of the execution. No media will gain access to
the Media Center after 8:30 a.m. No persons will be
permitted to enter or leave the center after 8:30 a.m.
until the process is complete. A mult-box will be
provided in the Media Center. Each media outlet should
bring proper equipment. DRC will supply media
witnesses to the execution with paper, pens and pencils.
The Media Center will close one hour after the conclusion of the
execution. At that time, any remaining
media will be escorted out of the prison by the public
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 outside 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 due to
security at the institution.
Immediately following the execution, the
official spokeswoman from DRC will make a formal announcement
regarding the time of death. Following that statement the
pool reporters and media witnesses will hold a briefing. No one
will be permitted to leave the center until the briefings have
been concluded. A written transcript of the inmate’s final
statement will be provided at the conclusion of the briefing.
Further interviews with DRC staff will be limited to the
This information is subject to change.
For further information please contact the DRC Bureau of
Communication at (614) 752-1150.