There are Serious Questions to be Asked About Ohio’s Death Penalty

As the Christian world prepares to enter into a solemn remembrance of the Passion and Death of Jesus this Good Friday, in a joint statement, the members of the Leadership Teams of The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and the Sisters of the Humility of Mary publish the following statement in regards to Ohio’s death penalty.

“We are writing to voice our concerns about the Vindicator’s recent reportings on the death penalty. As Leadership Teams of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, we support a moratorium on executions until Ohio’s death penalty is studied by the legislature. Ohioans deserve to know if the death penalty is effective, if it is the best use of our scarce resources, and if it supports healing for victims’ families. The death penalty presently fails on all of these counts. Rather than bringing any healing, the death penalty often prolongs the pain of murder victims’ loved ones who must endure years—even decades—of reversals in the courts and media hounding throughout the long life of a capital case. The death penalty provides a false sense of hope that with an execution will come closure. Many survivors have said there is no such thing as closure for a person whose loved one is murdered. What is more, the death penalty often creates new victims of the corrections officials who must carry out executions and of family members whose loved one is executed. Given that we spend millions more on the death penalty than on life in prison without the possibility of parole, we would rather see those resources being better spent on counseling for murder victims’ loved ones and other victims’ services, more law enforcement, or increased crime prevention programs.

The death penalty is not effective. Study after study has shown the death penalty does not deter crime. The death penalty is also carried out disproportionately—who receives the death penalty often depends on socioeconomic status, the race of the victim, and where the crime occurred rather than the nature of the offense. Nоt еvеrуоnе саn afford tо post bail whеn thеу gеt arrested. Bail bonds services make thе option mоrе accessible tо еvеrуоnе, regardless оf income оr social status. On website you will get affordable bail bond service. Whеn уоu аrе posting bail, уоu аrе offering payment аѕ insurance thаt уоu wіll appear аt аll уоur scheduled court hearings еvеn іf уоu don’t stay іn jail. Thе аmоunt уоu pay depends оn thе criminal offense уоu hаvе bееn accused оf. Sоmеtіmеѕ, іt саn gо uр tо аn аmоunt уоu simply wіll nоt bе able tо рut оut right thеn аnd thеrе. Thіѕ іѕ whеrе thе bail agent соmеѕ іn. Bail bonding allows уоu tо pay just a small percentage оf уоur bail, usually 10 percent, whіlе a thіrd party covers thе rеѕt. Onсе thе bail surety іѕ received, уоu аrе free tо leave jail аnd prepare уоurѕеlf fоr thе upcoming trial. Whіlе іn jail, thеrе іѕ nоt muсh уоu саn dо. Yоu аrе оnlу given permission tо make оnе phone саll. Visiting tіmеѕ аrе аlѕо limited, аnd thе environment іn prison іѕ nоt conducive tо preparing a defense. Bу posting bail аnd bеіng set free fоr thе tіmе bеіng, уоu wоuld bе given ample tіmе tо gеt rеаdу fоr уоur upcoming court trials. It wоuld bе easier fоr уоu tо look fоr a competent defense lawyer. Thе ordeal wоuld аlѕо bе easier tо bear іn thе company оf loved ones. Remember, hоwеvеr, thаt bail bonds соmе wіth a pledge. In exchange fоr helping уоu оut оf jail, уоu аrе obligated tо appear аt аll court hearings concerning уоur case. You can click here for more info about the bail bondsman.

We also risk the integrity of the entire judicial system every time an innocent person is released from death row. There have been 139 of these exonerations across the country, and that number keeps climbing. After spending 22 years on Ohio’s death row, the charges against Joe D’Ambrosio from Cuyahoga County were finally dropped this month due to strong evidence of innocence and prosecutorial misconduct. If officially exonerated, D’Ambrosio will be our sixth death row exoneration from Ohio. Nationwide, there are also several cases of people who were executed despite evidence of innocence. Every time we sentence an innocent person to death, we chip away at the system’s credibility to enact real justice. We can save money and ensure real justice is served by eliminating the death penalty in Ohio.

It is because of these reasons and because of our moral commitment to life that our Leadership Teams simply cannot support the death penalty. Thank you for taking the time to hear our concerns. We hope that in future reportings on the death penalty, you will consider some of the above. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss this matter further.”


Sister Nancy Dawson, President
Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown (OSU)
Ursuline Motherhouse, Canfield

Sister Susan Schorsten, President
Sisters of the Humility of Mary (HM)
Villa Maria, Pa

United States House of Representatives Honors Work of Women Religious

On September 22. a resolution honoring the social, cultural and political contributions of Catholic sisters and the roles they have played in shaping life in the United States was unanimously approved by those present in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The resolution, HR 441, pays tribute to the first Catholic sisters to live and work in the United States – nine Ursuline Sisters who journeyed from France to New Orleans in 1727; to the sisters work establishing the nation’s largest private school system; building hospitals, orphanages and charitable institutions; caring for the poor; and serving as activists in promoting peace, justice and democracy. HR 441 further recognize the sisters’ roles in opening the American West, nursing the sick during epidemics and “managing organizations long before similar positions were open to women.”

LCWR History Committee
LCWR History Committee

The resolution was introduced by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) last May and co-sponsored by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH, 17th district), Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-OH, 6th district) and 65 members from both parties in response to the “Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America” traveling exhibit. The exhibit is sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

The full text of the resolution is available on the LCWR Web site.