There is too much risk associated with Ohio’s death penalty. We are some of the nine men exonerated from Ohio’s death row, proving that innocent people have been sentenced to death in our state. We cannot restart executions until there are better safeguards in place to ensure that Ohio never executes an innocent person, which would be unthinkable.
The state does not need to go from no executions in three years to 27 back-to-back executions, especially given its track record with wrongful convictions and botched executions. Another botched execution, like the one that occurred three years ago, would be bad enough, but a wrongful execution would be a terrible, irreversible injustice.
This rush to executions simply isn’t worth the risk. Please use your authority to prevent executions from resuming.
Ohio Death Row Exonorees Joe D’Ambrosio, Derrick Jamison, Kwame Ajamu, Dale Johnston, and Wiley Bridgeman