Study finds racial, gender bias in Ohio executions

Published in the Columbus Dispatch

By Alan Johnson

Sharon L. Davies, the executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, said in response that the “race or gender of a victim, and the county of the crime, should not influence who is sentenced to die … Ohio citizens and lawmakers should review the findings of this important research.”

The study found in 65 percent of all executions the murder victim was white. However, overall only 43 percent of all victims are white. In addition, murderers of white females are six times more likely to be executed than those who kill black males.

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.