Urge Governor DeWine To End Executions In Ohio!

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

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On September 4, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine kicked the can down the road yet again by pushing back execution dates and saying he is doing so because Ohio doesn't have a mechanism to carry out the law. It's time for Governor DeWine to lead Ohio to repeal its death penalty once and for all! Sign this petition urging Governor Mike DeWine to lead the effort to end Ohio's death penalty.

Background

In 2014 the Supreme Court Joint Task Force on the Administration of Ohio's Death Penalty made 56 recommendations to increase the accuracy and fairness in the capital punishment system. To-date, neither the report as a whole nor the most substantive of these reform recommendations have been considered by the Ohio General Assembly. Now executions are on hold again as the state finds itself without a mechanism to carry out executions, and no wherewithal to either adopt a new lethal injection protocol or revert to a more archaic method of killing prisoners.

Governor DeWine took office in 2019 with 24 executions already scheduled, and not one has taken place. Governor DeWine can lead on this issue by telling the Ohio General Assembly to either come up with a new execution method, or repeal Ohio's death penalty statutes. We urge the latter.

However, if the legislature chooses to change the execution method, then Governor DeWine must insist and ensure that no prisoner will be executed until the legislature enacts all of the recommendations made in 2014 by the Supreme Court Joint Task Force on the Administration of Ohio's Death Penalty. Further, Governor DeWine must commute the death sentence of any Ohio prisoner whose death sentence could not have occurred had the Task Force recommendations been in place at the time of his or her trial.

Click here to learn more about Ohio's death penalty and the Task Force recommendations.

There is one spot of good news. One of the 56 recommendations of the Task Force was to prohibit the execution of defendants who were severely mentally ill at the time of the crime. HB 136, a bill to implement that passed the Ohio House last year, and SB 54, a Senate companion bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. It awaits only a floor vote in the Senate. We believe Governor DeWine will sign that bill.

NOTE: This petition language may be adjusted to address changing situations and leadership in the Ohio executive office or general assembly.


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To: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
From: Judy Morris

We applaud you for standing your ground and not allowing a resumption of executions in Ohio. We urge you to lead Ohio into a new era by working with the Ohio General Assembly to end Ohio's death penalty once and for all.

Governor, we believe Ohio's death penalty is broken beyond repair. When it comes to capital punishment in Ohio, it is on you to fix it or end it. We urge you to end it.

Specifically, please insist and ensure that no Ohio prisoner will be executed unless and until the legislature enacts *all* of the recommendations made in 2014 by the Supreme Court Joint Task Force on the Administration of Ohio's Death Penalty. If the legislature is unable or unwilling to enact the recommendations designed to add greater fairness and accuracy to Ohio's death penalty system, capital punishment in Ohio must be abolished.

NOTE: One of the 56 recommendations of the Task Force was to prohibit the execution of defendants who were severely mentally ill at the time of the crime. HB 136, a bill to implement that has passed the Ohio House and the Senate Judiciary Committee has passed SB 54, a similar bill. SB 54 awaits only a floor vote in the Senate. Please advocate for passage and sign that bill as soon as possible.

We recognize that you cannot abolish the death penalty by yourself. If the legislature refuses to act, you must commute the death sentence of any Ohio prisoner whose death sentence could not have occurred had the Task Force recommendations been in place at the time of his or her trial.

Thank you,