Columbus police say a double murder suspect was shot and wounded Wednesday by officers near Parsons Avenue and Kossuth Street. He was taken into custody shortly after the killings.
Former Prisons Head Opposes Death Penalty
A former state prisons chief spoke out against the death penalty today. Retired director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Terry Collins said the state of Ohio needs to get out of the execution business.
“After leaving the state agency in 2010 and retiring, I publicly came out about the death penalty and my position was we have another option, life without parole and I think it’s time we look at that.”
Collins says executions are traumatic for prison staff to witness and countless appeals are costly for the state. Collins was the Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections from 2006 to 2010. The Kasich Administration says the governor stands by his support of the death penalty. The state has said it will review last week’s controversial execution of Dennis McGuire which has renewed controversy over the death penalty.