Some great news from OTSE – Ohioans To Stop Executions

The state of New Hampshire ended its death penalty! May 30th of this year, the New Hampshire legislature overrode a veto by its governor, making New Hampshire the most recent state to abolish the death penalty. Now 21 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico have abolished the death penalty for all crimes.

The big news out of Ohio is that the House Criminal Justice Committee passed H.B. 136 by a vote of 11-1.

On June 5, 2019, the Ohio House passed the bill and this ends the death penalty for individuals with serious mental illness. Defendants could escape the death penalty if they suffer from schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and delusional disorder during the time of the crime. Representatives passed House Bill 136, 76 to 17.

Kevin Werner, after twelve years of serving as OTSE’s Executive Director, is transitioning to the Ohio Justice & Policy Center to work as the policy director. Kevin will continue to serve as an OTSE board member. Hannah Kubbins will be the new Director and will lead the organization and work in collaboration with the Board of Directors.

By Sister Martha Bertke

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