Exonnerated Death Row Inmates Push For Change To Law

Apr 15, 2015

Six of the nine Ohioans who were exonerated after being sentenced to death want state lawmakers to consider changes to capital punishment in Ohio.

Joe D’Ambrosio spent 22 years on death row for a Cleveland murder he didn’t commit.

“If it can happen to me, it can happen to you, or your children, or your grandchildren,” D’Ambrosio says.

He and five other exonerated former death row inmates want state lawmakers to seriously consider the 57 recommendations made by an Ohio Supreme Court task force on capital punishment last year. Ricky Jackson of Cleveland served longer than any of the other five, or any other exonerated inmate in the US – 39 years in prison.

“Most of my life, most of this man’s life, most of this man’s life,” says Jackson. “And I don’t want to see it happen again to anybody," Jackson said Tuesday.

Many of the six are also still fighting for financial compensation, though they all say there’s no amount of money that could make up for the years they’ve lost.