Death penalty opponents walk to protest capital punishment

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) – Death penalty opponents plan to walk from the prison where Ohio inmates are executed to the Statehouse as part of a capital punishment protest.

The seven-day, 83-mile walk will start at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville and end in Columbus.

The walk beginning Sunday is sponsored by Ohioans to Stop Executions and other groups and will end in Columbus Oct. 10, the annual World Day Against the Death Penalty.

Death penalty opponents speaking to participants along the way include Terry Collins, the former director of the Ohio prisons system who witnessed more than 30 executions and now opposes capital punishment.

Two dozen Ohio inmates have execution dates but the state currently lacks the drugs to put them to death.

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