The Ohio Parole Board recommended to Gov. John Kasich today that convicted killer Arthur Tyler’s death sentence should be commuted to time served, making him immediately eligible for release from prison.
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.
The ultimate punishment under Ohio law would be reserved for the “worst of the worst,” and mentally ill people could not be executed if recommendations from a state task force become law.
OTSE Press Release – Ohioans To Stop Executions Applauds Death Penalty Task Force, Launches Searchable Database of Recommendations
PRESS RELEASE Ohioans to Stop Executions Contact: Abraham J. Bonowitz email@example.com 800-973-6548 Cell/text: 561-371-5204 April 10, 2014 Ohioans To Stop Executions Applauds Death Penalty Task Force, Launches Searchable Database […]
Ohio should restrict the use of capital punishment charges and create a state panel to approve them, according to two of the 56 recommendations in the final report by a committee that spent more than two years studying changes to the law.
A report by an anti-death penalty group criticizes the selectiveness of Ohio’s capital punishment law, saying death sentences owe as much to an individual prosecutor’s philosophy as the nature of the crime.