Senate Bill 54 has been introduced to the Ohio Senate by Senators Eklund (R) and Williams (D). This bill would stop executions for those with serious mental illness. Click here to find your legislator and give them a call urging them to vote in favor of SB 54. It’s time for Ohio to stop executing people with severe mental illness.
What SB 54 does:
- Gives protection for individuals with one of five diagnoses: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Delusional Disorder;
- Allows for conviction and legal responsibility;
- Follows the same legal process as landmark US Supreme Court cases;
- Gives judges discretion;
- Fixes flaws with capital trial mitigation phase.
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Background on mental illness reform
The Ohio General Assembly is considering SB 54 which would prohibit death sentences for individuals with serious mental illness. The bill was first recommended in 2014 by an Ohio Supreme Court Joint Death Penalty Task Force in collaboration with the Ohio Bar Association.
Reforms were introduced in 2015 and 2017. Now a bi-partisan reform is poised to move forward. The reforms are widely supported by mental health advocates, faith-based groups, editorial boards and the majority of Ohioans.
Also see what former Ohio Governor Bob Taft has said in The Washington Post
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