Archive: June 2016
In 1976, on July 2nd, the Supreme Court ruled in Gregg vs. Georgia that the problems that caused the death penalty to be abolished nationally just 4 years previously – that it was applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner – were resolved and that executions could resume. Since before that decision 40 years ago and afterwards, Ohio has had a storied history with the death penalty. What is the state of the death penalty 40 years later?
As the sun rose on the morning commuters, I was taking a different route for the work day. Out of Cincinnati and past the 275 loop to meet a bus of local engaged community members for a trip to Columbus for the Death Penalty Lobby Day.
At midnight on November 9, 2015, Keith LaMar began a hunger strike, vowing to fast until the end to protest the newly announced restrictions being placed on the four prisoners classified as “5A” at the Supermax Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP). A second inmate, Jason Robb joined in on day
Earlier this month, IJPC staff and intern (Allison, Andrea, Maggie and Mel) joined with other abolitionists to walk 83 miles from the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, where Ohio conducts executions, to the Statehouse in Columbus, calling for an end to capital punishment. The
On October 3rd, abolitionists from Ohio and across the US will meet in Portsmouth, OH to as they prepare for the Walk to Stop Executions. For one week, these men and women will be walking from Lucasville to Columbus with a common mission – ending executions. IJPC staff will join for a portion of the walk.