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HK statement sponsor testimony 5.25.21
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For Immediate Release

May 26, 2021

Contact: Allison Cohen


Statement by Hannah Kubbins, Executive Director of Ohioans to Stop Executions on Today’s Sponsor Testimony on HB 183

Our country is divided on almost every issue as if we are literally split down the middle. However, the death penalty is so broken and flawed that everyone, from all beliefs and backgrounds, can agree that the time has come to end it. Representative Jean Schmidt, who once staunchly advocated for the death penalty, now champions its abolition. Her remarks today show that the death penalty is not an issue that causes further division but unites both sides of the aisle toward the common goal of a better justice system. We must accept that our system is broken because we can no longer ignore the facts: the conviction of innocent people, a clear racial bias, and the harm that it causes the families of victims. Furthermore, Representative Miller, an Army colonel who has served several tours overseas, spoke strongly to the implications the death penalty has on our country’s national security. I want to thank both sponsors of this bill for their courageous leadership, as well as the 16 Democrat and 7 Republican co-sponsors. Ohio is ready to lead our country, exemplifying what we can do when we work together to abolish a broken system and defend equal justice for all.

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Ohioans To Stop Executions is a statewide grassroots group with more than 8,000 supporters, including murder victims' family members and other survivors of violent crime, law enforcement professionals, families of the incarcerated, and death row exonorees. OTSE, based in Columbus, leads a network of over one hundred state and local organizations that support repeal of the death penalty in Ohio.