STUDY → TASK FORCE → RECOMMENDATIONS
The American Bar Association (ABA), whose mission is “to serve… the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession”, released a report on Ohio’s death penalty in 2007.
The report was troubling: Ohio fell short in 93% of the ABA standards for a fair and accurate state death penalty system.
In response to this overwhelming deficit, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor created the Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty in 2011.
The Task Force was comprised of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and academics. These experts met and discussed the many problems presented in the ABA report. After two years of review, the Task Force concluded its work in November of 2013.