One thing is abundantly clear from the analysis reported in this article: if Ohio is to reinstate capital punishment, its justification will have to be based upon grounds other than the deterrent effect of the death penalty for murder. Notwithstanding the opinion of some members of the United States Supreme Court, and possibly a majority of the Ohio House and Senate, the present analysis of Ohio's experience with capital punishment provides no justification for reinstating the death penalty as an effective means of dealing with the state's murder problem.
William C. Bailey,
The Deterrent Effect of the Death Penalty for Murder in Ohio: A Time-Series Analysis,
28 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol28/iss1/6