Families That Matter

What is Families That Matter? 

Families That Matter is a network of support that DP - FTM 2benefits parents, spouses, siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews who have or had a loved one on Ohio’s death row. Families include those whose loved ones have lost their fight for justice and have been executed, those who have won victories through clemency, and those who are still persevering through the appeals process.

Through FTM, members receive needed peer support through relationships with others who have shared a common hardship. It organizes local and statewide gatherings which provide a safe place for members to connect and share their stories.

FTM provides the opportunity for individuals to become advocates for their loved ones. Leadership trainings (topics chosen by FTM members) strengthen the group’s collective voice. Through better understanding of the legal system, prisoner rights, lobbying, and activism, family members are better equipped to advocate for their loved ones on death row.

Past leadership trainings have included:

  • Self-Care: Taking Care of Your Own Needs in Times of Stress
  • Lobbying Workshop by Carrie Davis, ACLU Staff Attorney and Lobbyist
  • Capital Defense Handbook: Training for Defendants and Their Families by Claudia Whitman from Equal Justice USA
  • Consultation with the Chief Counsel of the Ohio Public Defender’s Office
  • A Review of the Grievance Process of the Ohio Department of Corrections and Prisoner Rights


DP - FTM 1All families need support. Our hope is that this group and its gatherings may serve as a time for families to feel the support of others sharing in a similar struggle to organize against the death penalty.


About IJPC

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust local, national and global systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society. IJPC is supported by faith-based organizations and individuals who work together to educate around justice issues, take collaborative action and do public witness. We address local, national and international concerns focusing on the death penalty, immigration, human trafficking and peace and nonviolence.