Tell Gov. Kasich: Do Not Resume Executions

The first execution in three years is scheduled for July 23, 2017. Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed for the murder of 3-year old Sheila Marie Evans. By any measure this was a terrible, horrific crime for which Mr. Phillips should continue to be held accountable. We believe he can and should be punished without execution.

The legislature has yet to consider most of the 56 recommendations of the Supreme Court Joint Task Force on the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty. These recommendations were intended to ensure fairness and accuracy in Ohio’s death penalty. To-date most have not been discussed in any legislative forum. It is difficult to have confidence in the fairness and accuracy of the death penalty system when such known problems have not been addressed.

 

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