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Upcoming Forums On Capital Punishment Reform In Springfield, Wilmington

Springfield and Wilmington will be hosting public forums on Capital Punishment Reform May 1 and May 2, 2017.
Statehouse News Bureau

On Monday, a Springfield Church is hosting a public forum on capital punishment reform. The event has several co-sponsors including, Amnesty International, the Ohio Council of Churches and Ohioans to Stop Executions.

The forum comes at a time as debates over capital punishment are heating up.  Ohio is scheduled to execute its first inmate in more than 3 years this May.  This summer the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will also hear arguments in a case over the state’s lethal injection process and the drugs they plan on using.


Reverend Jack Sullivan Jr. is the former executive director of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation.  He hopes the forum will serve as a call to action.

“I think at some point society has to decide are we about revenge and retribution or are we about restoring families lives.  And if we’re about restoring families lives, then there’s no way executions help that.  They don’t. There are more creative and better ways for society to respond to horrific crimes, then the execution of those convicted for those crimes. “

The roundtable is open to the public and will be held Monday evening at 7 at Central Christian Church in Springfield.  A second forum will be held Tuesday in Wilmington.


May 1, 7pm. Springfield

Central Christian Church

1504 Villa Rd, Springfield, OH 45503

May 2, 7pm. Wilmington

Wilmington Friends Meeting

66 N Mulberry St, Wilmington, OH 45177

May 3, 7pm. Ashland

Ashland First United Methodist Church

220 Sandusky St, Ashland, OH 44805