Published Mon, Dec 12, 2011 8:30 am Dateline
Ohio has begun moving its death row to a prison in southern Ohio that's not far from the state's death house.
Prisons spokesman Carlo LoParo says that 29 inmates were transferred to the Chillicothe Correctional Institution last week, mainly from the Mansfield Correctional Institution.
Most of the state's condemned inmates are now housed at the super-maximum prison in Youngstown. Scores of them will be moved to Chillicothe by the end of the month.
Saving on transportation costs is one goal of the relocation.
Chillicothe is only about 37 miles from the state's death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
The state now spends about $1,200 to move an inmate the 260 miles from Youngstown to the death house prior to an execution.