It’s time to review the death penalty. Regular review and, if necessary, reform of death penalty standards are essential to be sure the ultimate punishment is applied fairly.
In 1981, Ohio reintroduced the death penalty as the ultimate punishment for what the law called “the worst of the worst” offenders. However, today’s application of the death penalty has departed so far from the intent of the 1981 law that its own author, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer, now calls for its repeal.
Under current Ohio law, aggravated burglary and kidnapping are potentially punishable by death. Ohio’s Death Penalty Task Force has spent two years reviewing the state’s capital punishment regulations, and it recently published recommendations based on its findings.