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Bill introduced to abolish death penalty in Ohio

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Updated: Oct. 25, 2017 at 5:36 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - A bill that would abolish the death penalty in Ohio and replace it with a life sentence without parole was officially introduced Wednesday.

Capital punishment is legal in 31 states.

A Pew Research Center poll released in September 2016 showed that nationwide support for the death penalty is at its lowest point in more than four decades.

Forty-nine percent of Americans favor the death penalty for murderers, while 42 percent oppose it. Support fell 7 percent since March 2015.

A poll on the sentiment of Ohio residents on the death penalty for murderers by Quinnipiac University in May 2014 shows 69 percent favored it and 25 percent said they opposed it.

Out of Ohio's total 50,301 prison population, 140 are on Death Row, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction. Fifty-three have been executed since 1999.

House Bill 389 is sponsored once again by State Rep. Nickie  Antonio.

The Democrat from Lakewood has unsuccessfully tried several times to pass a bill eliminating the death penalty.

She was joined in a 2015 bipartisan attempt by Miamisburg Republican State Rep. Niraj Antani.

Antani is a co-sponsor again, along with the following other state reps: Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati); Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo); Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland); Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown); Dan Ramos (D-Lorain); Kent Smith (D-Euclid).

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