Rep. Antonio Renews Call To Abolish The Death Penalty In Ohio
Legislation would replace execution with life in prison without parole
 
 

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today introduced legislation to abolish the death penalty and replace it with a life sentence without parole.


“The death penalty is a punishment that has shown to be administered with disparities across economical and racial lines, while also failing to deter violent crime,” said Antonio. “I continue to believe that our best move for death penalty reform in Ohio is to abolish the use of capital punishment and replace it with a sentence of life without parole. I truly believe Ohioans’ taxpayer dollars would be better spent pursuing constructive, positive policies that enhance the quality of life in our local communities.”


Antonio notes there are many reasons to end Ohio’s use of the death penalty, among them:



  • racial disparities in sentencing

  • the death penalty’s failure to deter violent crime

  • financial cost to taxpayers with multiple appeals

  • continued difficulty Ohio has experienced obtaining the drugs required for lethal injection


Twenty states, including the District of Columbia, have done away with the death penalty.  Although the United States is a first world country, we are one of 58 countries to retain the death penalty, along with China, Iran, Vietnam and Cuba. Additionally, America is the only western nation and member of NATO that still uses the death penalty.


According to the Death Penalty Information Center, nine people have been freed from Ohio’s death rowwhile awaiting their execution date. In January of 2017, a federal magistrate found Ohio’s new three-drug lethal injection process to be unconstitutional, as it may cause “substantial risk of serious harm.” However, that ruling was later overturned by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

 
 
 
  
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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

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.