Dale Johnston and Derrick Jamison, both former Ohio death row inmates, are the featured speakers when the Ohio Innocence Tour 2013 comes to the College of Mount St. Joseph on Monday, April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Rex Zent, a retired warden with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, will be the special guest. The public is welcome to attend.
The Innocence Tour 2013 brings exonerated Ohio death row inmates to college campuses throughout the state for them to share their stories of being sentenced to death and later released from prison when their convictions were overruled. Ohioans to Stop Executions and Witness to Innocence are partnering for this program with the Office of Mission and Ministry at the Mount.
Dale Johnston was convicted in the deaths of his daughter and her boyfriend in 1982 in Hocking County. The Ohio Supreme Court overturned his convictions in 1988 because the prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense. He and his wife, Roberta, live in Columbus.
Derrick Jamison spent more than 20 years on death row for the robbery and murder of a Cincinnati bartender. His conviction was overturned in 2005. “In the 21 years I experienced ‘dead man walking,’ I never had anything to smile about,” he said. “States from Maryland to Ohio and beyond are finding that the death penalty system flat out makes mistakes. I have lived through those mistakes and am fortunate enough to tell about it.”
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.