Rep. Antonio: Ohio Should Reconsider Death Penalty In Light Of Execution Drug Shortage
Says only viable alternative to lethal injection is life without parole
 
 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of a one year delay of executions in Ohio due to a lack of access to lethal injection drugs and in response to calls for alternative execution methods:


It is a sad state of affairs when an Ohio lawmaker suggests we consider hanging, electrocution and the firing squad as viable alternatives to lethal injection. In a state where we have nine death row exonerees, wrongly convicted in Ohio courts, there is only one viable option: a sentence of life with out parole in capital cases,” said Antonio. “Lawmakers would serve Ohioans well to catch up with public opinion, which increasingly favors life sentences over the use of the death penalty.1 The current drug shortage that has postponed executions for yet another year is an opportunity for Ohio to consider becoming the 20th state to abolish capital punishment in favor of life without parole. We can condemn the violent offensive acts of those who commit heinous crimes, but no execution brings back a loved one and we as a society must be better than our worst criminals and our flawed system.”


Rep. Antonio has long been a strong opponent of the death penalty and has introduced legislation in the 129th, 130th and 131st General Assemblies to abolish capital punishment and replace it with life without parole. Current bipartisan legislation, HB 289, is joint sponsored by Republican Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Miami Township).


1(P. Brown, "Ohio Gov Roars Past Little Known Challenger, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Life Options Outweighs Death Penalty," Quinnipiac University, May 14, 2014). See Public Opinion and Life Without Parole.

 
 
 
  
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The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.