OTSE Releases 2014 Report: “A Crumbling Institution”

On March 30, 2015, the Annual Capital Crimes Report was published by the the Office of the Ohio Attorney General. At the same time, Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) published its annual report “A Crumbling Institution: Why Ohio Must Fix or End the Death Penalty.” The new OTSE report adds context to the cut and dry information offered by the legislatively-mandated report from the Attorney General’s office.

“The information provided by the Attorney General’s report is important,” said Kevin Werner, Executive Director of the statewide anti-death penalty group. “What we see is the institution of the death penalty crumbling before our eyes.”

OTSE offers its report to provide context, detail, additional information and perspective beyond the statutory scope of the Capital Crimes Report.

OTSE Releases 2015 Report on The Death Penalty Ohio: A Crumbling Institution

Highlights include:

  • Three new death row exonerations
  • Historically low indictments
  • New death sentences are down 25%
  • Fewest executions since 2000
  • 2014’s single execution led to an extended moratorium
  • Recommendations by the Ohio Supreme Court Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty
  • High costs of the death penalty
  • Continuing execution protocol changes
  • Prominent Ohioans expressing concern