The article below, which focuses on the state of Ohio, highlights a growing trend around the country. When given the choice between the death penalty and life without parole (LWP), jurors increasingly choose the latter. The article gives three reasons for the decline in death penalty verdicts. First, jurors now have the option of LWP. Prior to the mid-1990s, jurors did not have that choice at least in Ohio. Second, the high number of DNA exonerations. Third, the number of recently botched executions.
Youngstown Vindicator: Increasingly, Ohio juries choosing life in prison instead of death