twitter Ohio Considers Using Twitter To Announce Executions

This past Friday, an official with Ohio’s prison system said that they’ve considered using Twitter to announce when prisoners are executed.

A woman named Julie Walburn is the Communications Director for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. 

She says that tweeting the details of executions . . . like which prisoners were executed and when . . . could be considered bad taste.  So no decisions have actually been made on how to use social media that way.

But she DOES want to make sure that inmate executions are announced as quickly as possible. 

For example, last Tuesday, a convicted serial rapist and murderer named Darryl Durr was executed by lethal injection at 10:36 in the morning.  The prison e-mailed a press release to media outlets a minute later.

What are do you think about states using Twitter to announce executions?  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


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