Year of Reenactment
(since 1972 suspension)
Year of First Execution
(since reenactment)

1835-1895: hanging

1896-1992: electrocution

1993-2001: lethal injection or electrocution

2001-present: lethal injection

Current Method
lethal injection


Ohio has life without parole.   A jury decides the sentence.  The Governor has the authority to grant clemency. All recommendations must be referred to the Adult Parole Authority for investigation and non-binding recommendation. The Governor cannot pardon those convicted of first degree murder unless innocence is established beyond a reasonable doubt.

Ohio had its first execution in over 35 years when Wilford Berry was executed by lethal injection in 1999.  Berry had waived his appeals and fired the attorneys who were trying to prevent his execution.  There was considerable evidence that Berry was suffering from severe mental illness.

In December 2001, the Cinicinnati city council voted in favor of a resolution suspending executions in Ohio.

In November 2009, Ohio became the first state to adopt a one-drug lethal injection protocol.

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