Unusual Voices to Call For Death Penalty Reforms

Ohio Death Penalty Lobby Day Program to Feature Conservative Republicans and Former Death Penalty Supporters, Death Row Survivors, Victim Family Members, Clergy, and in a Special Tribute, Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton Will Receive the First Terry J. Collins Award.

Hundreds of Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) and 23 partner organizations from throughout Ohio will gather at the Statehouse for a Death Penalty Lobby Day on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Following a 9:30am program in the Statehouse Atrium featuring the sponsoring legislators of all five pending death penalty related bills, constituents will visit their legislators seeking support for the pending legislation.

Highlights of the 9:30am to 10:50am Program in the Statehouse Atrium:

  • Participation (in order of anticipated appearance) by Senator Edna Brown, Senator Cherleta Taveres, Representative Jonathan Dever, Representative Niraj Antani, Senator Sandra Williams, Senator Bill Seitz and Representative Nickie Antonio
  • Participation by four of Ohio’s nine death row survivors, including Derrick Jamison, Kwame Ajamu, Wiley Bridgeman and Ricky Jackson (With Rep. Dever at approx. 9:45am)
  • Participation by the national executive director of Murder Victim’s Families for Reconciliation, Jack Sullivan, Jr., recognizing National Crime Victim’s Rights Week  (approx.. 10am)
  • Tribute to Terry J. Collins, recently deceased former director of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction (Approx. 10:15am)
  • Linda Collins, widow of the late Terry J. Collins, will present the first Terry J. Collins Award to retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton (approx.. 10:30am) followed by remarks
  • Presentation of Open Letters from Ohio Faith Leaders & Ohio Jewish Clergy (Approx. 10:40am)

Participants are traveling from all corners of the state, asking Ohio’s policy makers to give full consideration to the recommendations of the Supreme Court Joint Task Force on the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty. They will note the continuing decline in the use of the death penalty in Ohio and the United States, which saw the lowest numbers of new death sentences and executions in more than two decades in 2015 – Ohio had only one new death sentence last year.

Convening Organizations include:

ACLU of Ohio
Amnesty International Ohio Members & Groups
The AMOS Project
Catholic Conference of Ohio
Catholic Mobilizing Network
Clark County Peace Alliance
Faith in Public Life
Greater Dayton Christian Connections
Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center
League of Women Voters of Ohio
Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Miami Valley OTSE
Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio
Ohio Alliance for the Mental Illness Exemption
Ohio Council of Churches
Ohio Justice & Policy Center
Ohio State Conference of Branches of the NAACP
Ohioans to Stop Executions
PAAD: Presbyterian Action Against the Death Penalty
Scioto Peace and Justice–Fellowship of Reconciliation
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio
Witness to Innocence