Former Prisons Head Opposes Death Penalty

Terry Collins has spoken out several times against the death penalty citing its traumatic effect on staff members.(Photo: Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)
Terry Collins has spoken out several times against the death penalty citing its traumatic effect on staff members.(Photo: Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)

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.

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  • marlene talbott-green phd

    As a citizen, I am not concerned with the financial costs of these barbaric death penalties from the Dark Ages, and the dark mintality of those who would support them, such as Kasich. Stop systematized murder in the name of the people of the State of Ohio. We already have too much blood guilt on our hands with Kent State. Let’s not augment it with these outworn “customs” of murdering in the name of justice. We all know that isn’t what we do! Threre’s no real justice in a death penalty, and no mercy, either, for the convicted or for those of us “tax-payers” who must suffer the results of legitimatized murder. For shame.

  • DB Hoster

    Can you imagine being on staff and accustomed to seeing one of the prisoners walking around every day, lining up with everyone else. Then a day comes and it’s time to kill that guy. Then, the next day, that guy is just gone. Not here anymore. We watched while they killed him. Now we’re just going to carry on as though ever happened. Remember, don’t take your work home with you!

  • marlene talbott-green phd

    marlene talbott-green phd

    • a few seconds ago

    ·As a citizen, I am not concerned with the financial costs of these
    barbaric death penalties from the Dark Ages, and the dark mentality of those who would support them, such as Kasich. Stop systematized murder in the name of the people of the State of Ohio. We already have too much blood guilt on our hands with Kent State. Let’s not augment it with these outworn “customs” of murdering in the name of justice. We all know that isn’t what we do! There’s no real justice in a death penalty, and no mercy, either,for the convicted or for those of us “tax-payers” who must suffer the
    results of legitimatized murder. For shame.

  • DB Hoster

    Can you imagine being on staff and accustomed to seeing one of the prisoners walking around every day, lining up with everyone else. Then a day comes and it’s time to kill that guy. Then, the next day, that guy is just gone. Not here anymore. We watched while they killed him. Now we’re just going to carry on as though nothing ever happened. Remember, don’t take your work home with you!