End LWOP sentences in Ohio

End LWOP sentences in Ohio

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Shiloh Rafferty started this petition to Ohio Governor and

Life without parole is a death sentence in disguise.  Giving an imprisoned person the possibility of parole does not guarantee freedom, but gives a glimmer of hope for redemption.  Denying this hope is considered inhumane and degrading treatment by the European Court of Human Rights.  These men and women have a slow death sentence without the state funded legal assistance or unlimited appeals afforded to death row inmates. Incarceration serves four purposes: deterrence, incapacitation, retribution, and rehabilitation. Life without parole and "virtual" life sentences are not necessary to serve any of these purposes.  Research shows that even those who commit violent crimes mature out of law breaking behaviors by middle age. Public safety is important to consider, but so is generational pain and damage caused by excessive sentences. As Pope Francis said before Congress in 2015, "a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation. " The number of people serving life sentences- including life without parole, life with the possibility of parole, and "virtual" life sentences of 50 years or more are st an all time high.  Our Ohio department of rehabilitation and corrections is not being given the chance to rehabilitate these offenders.  The loss of this hope can lead to more violence in our prison system from people that feel as if they have nothing to lose. If these men and women have the opportunity to go before the parole board starting at 15-20 years into their sentences they have a higher possibility of becoming productive citizens. Violent behavior in our prison system increased with "flat time" laws, but capping sentences at a maximum of 20 years before setting the parole board may help decrease crimes committed in prison as well as giving rehabilitation a chance.

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