Voices of Experience: The Death Penalty

May 6, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Life Center
105 West Pearl Street
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Abraham Bonowitz


Capital punishment has been in the news quite a bit lately across the nation and especially here in Ohio. On May 1st, 2014 the Ohio Supreme Court Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty will publish its findings, including 56 recommendations designed to increase the fairness and accuracy of the death penalty in our state.

What are the recommendations, why do they matter and what does all of this have to do with you?

Ohioans to Stop Executions and local concerned organizations are hosting a series of Town Hall Forums featuring regular Ohioans who share their personal experiences with the issue. Bring your questions!

Speakers for May 6 in Wapakoneta

Judge James A. Brogan, Chairman of the Ohio Supreme Court Joint Task Force on the Administration of the Death Penalty

Melinda Dawson & Charles Keith, both of whom have lost loved ones to murder. But wait, there’s more… Keith’s brother was on Ohio’s death row before his sentence was commuted by Governor Strickland. Dawson’s husband was wrongly convicted in the murder of her mother, and she worked to prove his innocence and find the real killer.

Terry J. Collins, who, as Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, oversaw more than 30 executions

Death Row Survivor Joe D’Ambrosio with Father Neil Kookoothe


(St. Joseph Church is located on West Pearl Street, catty cornered from the Auglaize County Courthouse. The Parish Life Center is attached to the west side of the church. Go to the first intersection to the west of the church building—at Pearl and Blackhoof streets—and then enter the PLC via the Blackhoof Street parking lot.)