State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today applauded recommendations released by the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force calling for better parameters surrounding the use of the death penalty in the state of Ohio.

Recommendations submitted by the panel included requiring DNA or video evidence for a death penalty conviction, providing funding for death penalty expert staff in public defender offices and prohibiting death penalty convictions for the mentally ill.

“These proposals represent an important step in the right direction for death penalty reform in Ohio. I am glad to see the panel taking its responsibility seriously and offering conscientious recommendations that inform the ongoing debate in Ohio,” said Rep. Antonio. “Ultimately, Ohio should put an end to using the death sentence as a penalty and replace it with life without the possibility of parole.”  

The recommendations approved by the board will now go to Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor for approval. Some measures would require legislative action by the Ohio General Assembly to become law.  

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