“History and research tell us that capital punishment is enormously expensive and wasteful, that capital punishment does not reduce or deter violent crime, that capital punishment is arbitrarily applied, and that there is always the possibility of executing an innocent person who has been wrongfully convicted.”
Ohioans to Stop Executions is planning evening events Tuesday in Columbus, Wednesday in Wilmington and Thursday in Springfield…
In addition to former ODRC director Terry Collins, other panelists are death row exoneree Joe D’Ambrosio, Office of the Ohio Public Defender Director Tim Young, and Charles Keith, who has both lost a loved one to murder and whose brother was on death row before then-Gov. Ted Strickland commuted the sentence.
“We will, and we have in the past, executed innocent people,” Petro says. “That’s an overwhelming thought, but I know it to be a fact.”
A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in May found Ohio voters favor the death penalty 69 percent to 25 percent for people convicted of murder. But when offered a choice of death or life in prison without parole, 43 percent said they favor the death penalty and 40 percent said they favor life in prison […]
As a legislator, I voted in favor of reinstating Ohio’s death penalty law in 1981. As attorney general, I oversaw 18 executions in accordance with Ohio law, but increasingly I struggled with my views on the death penalty. It’s one thing to consider the law in the abstract; it is much different and more difficult […]
It’s time Ohio joined 18 other states and Washington, D.C., which have all abolished the death penalty – a practice this editorial board believes is unjust, immoral and too costly. At the very least, Kasich should wait for Frost’s ruling before queuing up inmates again for execution.
Whether it’s because of botched attempts like the recent “macabre screw-ups” in Oklahoma and Ohio or the increasing number of cases in which death row inmates are exonerated, the case for capital punishment seems to get weaker with every new execution. Here are three reasons to get rid of the death penalty.