This fall, both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly held hearings on bills that would repeal the state’s death penalty law. In the House, members of the Finance Committee heard from OTSE’s Executive Director Allison Cohen, along with families of homicide victims, pro-life activists, the state public defender, and more. Watch the full hearing here: […]
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s death penalty program costs the state hundreds of millions, but it hasn’t been used since 2018. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is ready to pull the plug. It’s failed for 12 years, but advocates have renewed hope that capital punishment will end in Ohio with a new bill at the Statehouse. […]
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of pro-life Ohioans who are joining the movement to end the death penalty in Ohio. These individuals believe that all life is sacred, including the lives of those who have been convicted of heinous crimes. One of the main reasons why pro-life Ohioans […]
With your specific talents, you can help end the death penalty in Ohio OTSE’s board is seeking a committed advocate to join our volunteer Board of Directors to help us expand our impact. Specifically, OTSE is looking for someone who can take on the role of treasurer. Take a look at the role description, below. […]
OHIOANS TO STOP EXECUTIONS (OTSE), an Ohio-based, state-wide non-profit organization working to end the death penalty in Ohio, seeks to hire an Executive Director.
Using a coordinated, strategic, and empowerment-oriented approach, OTSE works to build and mobilize public and political support for abolition of capital punishment. Our core objectives include reducing death sentences, stopping executions, and changing the statewide conversation about the death penalty so as to achieve abolition. We work towards repeal by highlighting the tremendous bipartisan support for abolition, informing Ohioans about the death penalty’s exorbitant costs and wastefulness as no societal benefits accrue, demonstrating the risk of wrongful executions, and exposing and challenging the racial bias and arbitrariness that are inherent in the death penalty system.
Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) is the only single-issue death penalty repeal nonprofit organization in the state of Ohio. Our mission is simple: to abolish the death penalty in Ohio through grassroots advocacy, public education, and legislative action. OTSE is the organization leading the #NoDeathPenaltyOH campaign, which represents millions of Ohioans who support repealing the death penalty, and works with dozens of organizations across the state to make this happen. There are currently two bipartisan supported bills in Ohio’s legislature – SB 103 and HB 183 – that will abolish Ohio’s death penalty.
The first death row inmate to be statutorily removed from death row due to severe mental illness at the time of his crime was resentenced to life imprisonment without parole last week. This first exemption is a welcome small step in our movement away from the death penalty, but it is time to abandon the […]
I read Kyle Kirker’s op-ed “Schmidt wrong to put convicts above victims” and as someone who lost a loved one to murder, I can tell you that Mr. Kirker is extremely wrong in his assessment of HB 183 and the abolition of Ohio’s death penalty. I applaud Rep. Jean Schmidt and her efforts to abolish […]