The Ohio prison system will not be executing death row inmates through 2017, the state's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced. Dozens of inmates will be affected by the postponement.
"DRC continues to seek all legal means to obtain the drugs necessary to carry out court ordered executions, but over the past few years it has become exceedingly difficult to secure those drugs because of severe supply and distribution restrictions," a statement from the agency read.
The Ohio prison system only executes death row inmates by way of lethal injection, using either the chemicals thiopental sodium or pentobarbital. However, the fluids used to perform them are imported from Europe, where many manufacturers have stopped exporting to America due a ban instated by the European Union.
The next execution will not take place until Jan. 12, 2017.
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