Senator Brown Calls For Immediate Moratorium On Capital Punishment In Ohio
Will introduce legislation to abolish the death penalty
January 17, 2014
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Columbus – State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) today called on Governor Kasich to institute an immediate and indefinite moratorium on capital punishment in Ohio.  In addition, Senator Brown is calling on the Governor to announce publicly that the combination of drugs used for Thursday’s execution of Dennis McGuire will never be used again.
“The circumstances surrounding the execution of Dennis McGuire, where he reportedly made ‘loud snorting noises’ and took nearly 25 minutes to die is appalling,” said Senator Brown.  “This flawed execution reinforces my belief that the death penalty is an outdated method of punishment that has no place in civilized society.”
As a result, Senator Brown will reintroduce legislation to abolish the use of capital punishment in Ohio.  She previously introduced the legislation in 2011 during the 129thGeneral Assembly.
“I believe the evidence overwhelmingly shows that the death penalty is not necessary or appropriate to carry out justice in Ohio,” said Senator Brown. “Our state must move towards life without parole sentencing as the appropriate punishment for the most heinous crimes.”
Many experts in the rehabilitation and corrections field, including Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul E. Pfeifer and Terry Collins, the retired former director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, have publicly opposed the continued use of capital punishment in Ohio.
In an article published by the Columbus Dispatch on January 25, 2011 Terry Collins stated, “the reasonable course of action for state officials is to begin to have serious and thoughtful conversations about whether Ohio's death penalty remains necessary, fair and effective. My experience tells me that our justice system can be even more effective and fair without Death Rows and the death penalty.”
According to reports released by the Death Penalty Information Center, “race, geography, money and other factors continue to make the implementation of the death penalty arbitrary and unfair” while the use of capital punishment remains an “enormously expensive and wasteful program with no clear benefits.” Additionally, the potential innocence of those sentenced to death by the state is an ongoing concern. Since 1971, 143 persons condemned to die in the United States have been exonerated of their crimes, including four cases within the past three years.


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