Harvard’s Fair Punishment Project Releases a New Report on Ohio Prisoners Facing Execution

download (2)The Fair Punishment Project examined 26 cases involving individuals facing executions in Ohio finding that these individuals are “among the most impaired and traumatized.” The study relies on legal pleadings, court opinions, and trial testimony.

According to the report’s findings: “at least 17 out of the 26 men experienced serious childhood trauma – horrifying instances of extensive physical and sexual abuse. At least six men appear to suffer from a mental illness, and at least 11 have evidence of intellectual disability, borderline intellectual disability, or a cognitive impairment, including brain injury. Three were under the age of 21 at the time they committed their offenses, a period during which an individual’s brain, especially the section related to impulse control and decision-making, is still underdeveloped. Many of these men fall within several of these categories, which compounds the impairments.”

Ohio recently lifted its three and a half year moratorium on July 26, 2017 after executing Ronald Phillips at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Ohio plans to execute another inmate, Gary Otte, on September 13, 2017.

More information about the report can be found on the Fair Punishment Project’s website: fairpunishment.org

Source:: National Coalition to End the Death Penalty