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Local lawmakers call for death penalty ban in Ohio
Reps. Nickie J. Antonio and Dan Ramos plan to introduce a bill that would do away with capital punishment in Ohio

Jo Ingles
Rep. Nickie Antonio believes capital punishment can't exist in a civil society.
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A pair of Northeast Ohio lawmakers wants to put an end to capital punishment in Ohio.

Democratic Reps. Nickie J. Antonio of Lakewood and Dan Ramos of Lorain plan to introduce a bill that would replace the death sentence with life without parole for those convicted of capital crimes.

Antonio says the death penalty needs to be banned because it currently is levied disproportionately upon African Americans and poor Ohioans. And she says it costs many times more to prosecute death penalty cases. 

Antonio says she believes today’s society has outgrown the use of capital punishment.

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“If we’re a civil society, which I believe we are, then we also have an imperative to treat each other in a moral and civil and humane way, and I do not believe that the death penalty is anything but that. It’s an archaic punishment that has really outlived its usefulness or its application to today’s society.”

Antonio believes now is the time to discuss the relevance of capital punishment as Ohio grapples with a new and untested execution method. She says the bill is expected to be introduced before the end of the year. 

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