SB 270 seeks to abolish the death penalty in Ohio and replace it with prison time.

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Our Take on This Bill

The ACLU of Ohio supports the efforts of SB 270 and its companion bill HB 160 to abolish the death penalty. With the death penalty’s history of arbitrary and unfair use, inaccuracy, and failure to deter crime or improve public safety, it is clearly a practice that has no place in the modern legal system. Adoption of this bill would help bring Ohio more in line with the Constitution’s guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment and toward a fairer legal system.


Judiciary (S)


Sen. Kearney (D), Sen. Tavares (D)


Sen. Brown (D)



Bill number

SB 270