It’s time to end Ohio’s Death Penalty

Nickie Antonio, the Senate co-lead sponsor of the bill to end the death, lays out the reasons she is leading the effort: “Where you live, your economic status and the county tax dollars available to a prosecutor can also determine whether or not a death sentence will be sought. Ohio has had eleven innocent people sentenced to die and then exonerated, eight of whom were Black men. These exonerees illustrate that the death penalty is fallible and administered with disparities across both economic and racial lines. Meanwhile, the torturous, decades-long process of pursuing a capital sentence ignores the needs of victims’ family members and repeatedly traumatizes them. I have also heard from leaders in law enforcement who have spoken out about the trauma the death penalty causes prison staff.”

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Catholic anti-death penalty group hosts discussion featuring death row exonerees

Catholic Mobilizing Network, a national group that demonstrates against the death penalty, hosted the Oct. 23 event at Xavier University’s Bellarmine Chapel in Cincinnati in partnership with several other anti-death penalty organizations. Nearly 200 innocent people have been exonerated and freed from death row across the United States since executions resumed in 1976, the group says.

The panelists who were death row exonerees were Randal Padgett and Debra Milke, both of whom spoke passionately about how hard it has been to suffer through their wrongful convictions at the hand of the government and how they would like to see the justice system change and move away from capital punishment.

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Ohio should abolish the death penalty

Reason Foundation’s editorial and testimony in favor of ending Ohio’s death penalty: “State executions are incompatible with the principles of individual liberty and limited government. The practice of capital punishment carries an inherent and unconscionable risk of executing innocent individuals at taxpayer expense.”


Ohio bishops urge legislators to abolish state’s death penalty

The Catholic bishops of Ohio sent a letter to state senators and representatives on Wednesday, Oct. 11 asking them to support legislation to end Ohio’s death penalty.

The 135th Ohio General Assembly is considering abolishing the death penalty in the state and the bishops urged the legislators to foster a culture of life in Ohio by recognizing the sanctity of human life in all stages and circumstances.

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Faith communities mobilize across the country on World Day Against the Death Penalty 2023

“In Ohio, advocates from diverse faith communities convened at the Ohio Statehouse on Monday, October 9 for the “Day of Prayer to End the Death Penalty,” hosting a 24-hour vigil to bolster support for the two bipartisan bills aiming to abolish capital punishment in the state”

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Bipartisan bills seek to end death penalty in Ohio

There is a growing push in the Ohio Statehouse to abolish the death penalty in the state. There are bipartisan bills in both the Ohio Senate and Ohio House to end capital punishment, and Wednesday morning, House Bill 259 had its first committee hearing.

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Ohio lawmakers are again considering abolishing the death penalty. Will it pass this time?

Bills to abolish the death penalty in Ohio have been proposed for more than a decade. But the latest bill to do that appears to have more support from more majority Republicans, including Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland).

Schmidt and the bill’s joint sponsor, Rep. Adam Miller (D-Columbus), got their first chance to testify for it in committee on Wednesday. Schmidt, a veteran conservative lawmaker, said 11 death row convictions have been overturned in Ohio since the state resumed executions in 1999.

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‘Ironclad conservative,’ other Republican may be why barbaric relic ends in Ohio

The planets may be aligning to end the death penalty in Ohio.

Bipartisan abolition bills, including one co-sponsored by an ironclad conservative, suburban Cincinnati Republican Jean Schmidt, are pending in the state Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives.

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Unmasking justice: why Ohio’s bipartisan effort to end capital punishment matters

In a society built upon the principles of justice and equality, we find ourselves at a crossroads in the face of an inhumane practice: the death penalty. We pool our values as a society to protect families, yet the death penalty stands as a contradiction to these ideals. Notably, Ohio has taken a significant step forward toward this goal with a bipartisan bill aimed at ending capital punishment.

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Ohio Takes Major Step Toward Abolishing Death Penalty With New Legislation

After years of debate about the matter, both chambers of the state legislature now have bills that, if passed, would put an end to capital punishment.

Legislative proposals to end the death penalty have been introduced every session for over ten years. But now, it appears the effort is gaining some traction.

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