Columbus – Today, State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) praised last week’s postponement of eight executions by Governor John Kasich. A battle in court continues over the legality of the state’s lethal injection process.

“I applaud Governor Kasich for delaying executions in our state,” Senator Brown said. “I have long held—and decades of practice and research back me up—that the death penalty is flawed to its core. The fight in court over the issue and now the Governor’s order reveal some of those flaws.” 

Between 1973 and 2016, courts across the nation exonerated at least 156 death row inmates. Several of the exonerations occurred in Ohio. During that same time period, the nation executed over 1100 people. For every ten individuals that the government kills, one person is exonerated. These numbers suggest the likelihood that innocent individuals have been and will be executed.

“Because it is so deeply flawed, I am reintroducing legislation to get rid of the death penalty,” added Senator Brown. “In its place, convicted individuals will face a life in prison sentence.”

Not only are innocent lives at stake, the cost of capital punishment is vastly more expensive in comparison to life imprisonment. In addition, research has shown that the death penalty has been and continues to be applied unevenly by juries. The race and gender of both the suspect and victim all too often determine unjust outcomes in death penalty cases. And polls show that support is growing among the public to put a stop to the practice.

 
 
 
  
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