Welcome to Ohioans to Stop Executions
The mission of Ohioans to Stop Executions is to end the use of the death penalty in Ohio.
We are faith leaders, community leaders, activists, attorneys, death row exonerees and those who have lost loved ones to violence.
We want a criminal justice system that fulfills "equal justice under law," makes our communities safer and serves the needs of victim family members.
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Sign of the Times: Bill to Repeal the Death Penalty Introduced
December 3— Today at the Statehouse, Representative Nickie J. Antonio (D-13) and Representative Dan Ramos (D-52) announced that they will introduce a bill that would repeal the death penalty in Ohio.
"This is yet another sign that the death penalty is on its way out," said Kevin Werner, executive director of Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE). "We’ve seen the beginning of progress with the forthcoming recommendations from the Supreme Court Joint Task Force and we’re excited to see where those recommendations go too. But today we’re really seeing a glimpse of Ohio’s future."
Faith leaders joined the co-sponsors of the bill and members of Ohioans to Stop Executions to speak at the press conference following the announcement of the new repeal bill. OTSE continues to work with faith leaders in ongoing work to repeal the death penalty to make way for more effective criminal justice measures.
Governor Kasich Stays Execution of Ronald Phillips
November 13-- Governor Kasich announced that he will temporarily stay the execution of Ronald Phillips. Mr. Phillips was scheduled to be executed tomorrow, November 14 at 10:00 a.m. for the murder of Sheila Marie Evans.
Mr. Phillips requested that his organs be donated to his ailing sister and mother after the execution was complete. Governor Kasich issued the stay to explore the possibility of organ donation.
In a statement released earlier, Governor Kasich said, "I realize this is a bit of uncharted territory for Ohio, but if another life can be saved by his willingness to donate his organs and tissues then we should allow for that to happen."
Kevin Werner, executive director of Ohioans to Stop Executions, said, "The only predictable thing about Ohio's death penalty is that it is unpredictable."
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Ohio will attempt compounding execution drugs
October 5-- Ohio announced a fifth attempt at a viable lethal injection protocol on Friday, October 4. The latest protocol affirmed pentobarbital as the drug of choice for executions and allows compounding pharmacies to mix the lethal dose of the drug. Two other drugs, Hydromorphone and Midazolam, were added as a "Plan B" to pentobarbital.
Questions will continue to rise as Ohio moves forward with this new policy. Kevin Werner, executive director of Ohioans to Stop Executions, was quoted in the Columbus Dispatch over the weekend: "This is untested. It’s really never been done before...We think this is all completely unnecessary. All of these changes still don’t involve the fundamental issue that we don’t need to be killing people to maintain a safe, effective criminal-justice system."
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