Death Row Outdoor Recreational Facility, „The Cage“
Mansfield Correctional Institution
Mansfield, Ohio, 2003/2007
94, 8 x 114 x 3,2 cm
plate: 16,6 x 11,4 cm
At Mansfield Correctional Institution, death row inmates are permitted one hour of
outdoor recreation per day in individual or group containment areas known as cages
or bullpens. Inside segregated cages there is only a chin-up bar and inmates are not
permitted to bring any items with them. In non-segregated cages there is a stationary
basketball net and they are permitted to bring with them items including a basketball,
radio, deck of cards, and cigarettes.
From 1995-2005 all male death row inmates in Ohio were incarcerated at Mansfield.
In 2005 the majority were moved to the Ohio State Penitentiary. 39 inmates remain
on Mansfield's death row. They are classified as having “mental health issues”. Terrell
Yarborough's IQ has ranged from 59 to the low 70s since age 13. He was convicted
of aggravated robbery, burglary, grand theft, kidnapping and aggravated murder.
After four years on death row, the aggravated murder charges were overturned in
Ohio, as the crime was committed in, and must therefore be tried in, Pennsylvania.
The same charges are currently being pursued in Pennsylvania, where the death
penalty is also legal.
In Atkins v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the execution of persons
with mental retardation to be unconstitutional. Defining mental retardation is a controversial
issue currently being addressed as part of the proposed Death Penalty
Reform Act of 2006. 38 of the 50 U.S. states provide for the death penalty in law.
Inv. Nr. 2007/77
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Gift of the artist
© Taryn Simon
Photo: Axel Schneider