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Hannah Cox (right), national manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, introduces the group: GOP strategist Michael Hartley, former death penalty juror Ross Geiger, son of murder victim Jonathan Mann and Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City).

Conservative Group Launches Campaign to Repeal Death Penalty in Ohio

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A national group of conservatives that oppose capital punishment has made Ohio the 14th state for its campaign to repeal of the death penalty. The group says the time is right to come to Ohio, which has been one of the leading states for executions. Republicans with Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty say it’s… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

House Speaker Suggests Moving Away From Death Penalty

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As Ohio prisons officials work on a way to continue carrying out executions, House and Senate leaders are considering having deeper discussions on the future of the death penalty. The last execution in Ohio happened more than a year ago, in July of 2018. Since then the state has ran into a number of issues carrying out… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

2 More Ohio Executions Delayed Amid Lack of Lethal Drugs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed two more executions, citing Ohio’s continuing struggles to find supplies of lethal injection drugs. James Hanna was scheduled to die Dec. 11 for the murder of his cellmate in 1997. Governor DeWine on Wednesday moved his execution date to July 16. Kareem Jackson was sentenced to… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

DeWine Suggests no Executions at all in Ohio This Year

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For the first time in three years, there likely won’t be an execution in Ohio this year. That’s according to Gov. Mike DeWine, who says an execution planned for December probably won’t go forward. James Galen Hanna is set to die for a Toledo murder in 1978 on Dec. 11. But DeWine has doubts. “No, I… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Drug Access Means No More Ohio Executions Likely This Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor says it’s “highly unlikely” the state’s last execution scheduled for this year will be carried out because of problems finding lethal injection drugs. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday reiterated his concern that drugmakers might cut off supplies of medications to state agencies if they learn any of their… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio Governor’s Lethal Injection Comments Allowed in Lawsuit

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A federal magistrate judge is allowing comments about the death penalty made by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to become part of a long-running lawsuit challenging Ohio’s lethal injection process. Lawyers for death row inmates asked for the inclusion of “numerous statements” by the Republican governor that he would not authorize executions… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

New Interview Process for Condemned Inmates Seeking Mercy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the Ohio Parole Board will be given extensive information about the background of condemned inmates asking for mercy before they interview the prisoners, under a change in board policy that addresses a longtime criticism of the interview process. Under the old approach, board members would interview a death row… Read More