The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) along with many other abolitionist groups say it does. Over time the public in Ohio has voted to eliminate one round of death penalty case appeals and the inadequate funding of defense in these cases has been eating away at the “super” due-process required by the U.S. Supreme Court. The intent was to put safeguard in place to make sure a fallible system implemented by fallible people wouldn’t result in the death of innocent people. But those same fallible people are destroying that system little-by-little.
The Dayton Daily News has a new on-line poll with two basic questions about the death penalty, published in conjunction with a special report about the death penalty in Ohio.
IJPC is asking you to vote in opposition to this cruel and unusual punishment because the death penalty is no more a deterrent to crime than using violence is an effective method for ending violence. The poll is at the bottom of this page listing all of the articles in the special report.
One of the inmates featured in this series Cincinnati’s Jeff Hill. If he had been convicted of murder in any other county, Hill probably would not have ended up on death row (See ‘A Story of Redemption’ Feb. 17, 2009). Earlier this month the Adult Parole Board believed that his sentence was disproportionate to his crime and commuted his sentence to life in prison. This is because a person convicted of murder in Hamilton County is more like to end up on death row than any other county in the state; despite this fact, murder has not stopped in our community providing local proof that the deterrent theory is a load of bunk.
Please take a moment to vote for the value of all life, not just those it is convenient to appreciate.