death penalty

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Senate approves bill prohibiting death penalty for mentally ill 

BY: - December 9, 2020

Ohio Senators approved a bill Wednesday that would prohibit a convicted murderer from being sentenced to death if they suffered from a serious mental illness at the time of the killing. The near-unanimous, bipartisan vote marks the next step in a years-long legislative effort to exempt those with certain mental illnesses from death row.  The […]

Ohio issues highlighted in report on racial disparities in executions

BY: - September 16, 2020

A line can be drawn from lynchings and other gross acts of historic racial discrimination and the fact that minorities disproportionately are executed now, according to a new report by the Death Penalty Information Center.

Ohio faces second year with no executions

BY: - June 12, 2020

When Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week delayed three more executions into 2022 and 2023, it meant that 2020 would be the second consecutive year in which the Buckeye State had engaged in no judicial killings. The delays raise the question: Will the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility ever be used again […]

Push for death penalty elimination continues with upcoming legislation

BY: - March 6, 2020

Current and former legislators, religious leaders and advocacy groups came together Wednesday to announce an upcoming bill to eliminate the death penalty in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, brought the groups together to promote the concept of life without parole being the highest criminal punishment in the state. The legislator has introduced a bill […]

Conservatives announce coalition to eliminate death penalty

BY: - February 19, 2020

Conservative leadership in the Ohio House joined advocates in announcing a new effort to eliminate the death penalty in the state. The Ohio chapter of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, in conjunction with Ohioans to Stop Executions, met at the Statehouse on Tuesday to announce plans to lift support in the legislature and in […]

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The fiscal cost of Ohio’s death penalty

BY: - February 12, 2020

In the spring of 2015, I was living in Omaha, Nebraska, and my friends and I, being the political junkies we are, were all watching as the Nebraska legislature voted one by one to override the governor’s veto to end the use of the death penalty in the state. It wasn’t the problem of potential […]

Delaying the death penalty, tracking johns, and farmer bankruptcies

BY: - February 5, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Death delayed. Nick Swartsell is reporting in the Cleveland Scene, “Ohio delays three more executions.””Ohio […]

‘Loophole’ for failing charter schools blocked by state

BY: - January 13, 2020

Failing charters rejected. Cleveland.com’s Patrick O’Donnell is reporting, “The Ohio Department of Education has blocked a ‘loophole’ that would have given millions in tax dollars to charter schools with bad grades by using another. “The department on Friday announced the 63 charter schools that did qualify to share in the $30 million fund that Gov. Mike DeWine and the […]

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The case against the death penalty, and why Ohio should end it

BY: - December 24, 2019

Ohio continues to be unable to execute people because the pharmaceutical industry refuses to supply the necessary drugs. In fact, those companies have said they will stop selling all drugs to Ohio if any of their drugs are used in executions. On Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine delayed another execution — from February 2020 to March […]

History Thursday: Impeachment

BY: - December 19, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  History Thursday Last night, for the third time in American history, the U.S. House voted to impeach the […]