Updated: August 13, 2018
Please pray for these men and women. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and that the innocent shall be revealed before they are executed. "The Lord is slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).
Due to ongoing legal challenges, Ohio has rescheduled multiple executions, multiple times. Beginning with 2018, this list contains only current Ohio executions. Click here for more information about Ohio's legal challenges.
What does receiving a personal letter mean to you? How does it make you feel? When we look at a return address and realize that the letter is from a friend, we feel loved. We cannot wait cherish every word in the message held inside! In today’s fast-paced world, letter writing is quickly becoming a thing of the past, yet for some, the men and women on death row, it is the only way they can communicate with the world. Since March 8, 2005, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has strived to give the over 3,000 men and women on death row the same feeling that you have when you receive a letter; loved. Our letters carry more than just the love of every member of The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries’ team, which include the individuals (like you!) who help finance the letter writing ministry. Our letters also, and more importantly, carry the love of Jesus Christ! In each letter, we share how much Jesus loves them. He has already paid the debt of their sin, the debt of the murders for which they are convicted. We share with them that Jesus has freely paid that price, and that they are forgiven! They must only accept Jesus Christ’s forgiveness, making Him Lord of their lives! The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries works toward honoring the “Great Commission,” with our mail ministry to the men and women on death row. View our donations page to discover how you can help The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries minister to the men and women on death row.
Updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 10:40 am EDT
Ruben Gutierrez is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-one-year-old Ruben is convicted of murdering 85-year-old Escolastica Harrison on September 5, 1998, in her Brownsville, Texas mobile home. Ruben has spent the last 19 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
Ruben was born in Florida and dropped out of school after the eighth grade. Before going to prison, he worked as a fork lift operator and a laborer.
On the evening of September 5, 1998, Ruben Gutierrez and Rene Gracia entered the mobil home and office of Escolastica Harrison, the owner of a mobile home park. After entering, with the intention of robbing the safe, Escolastica was struck on the head.
The intruders had hoped to incapacitate Escolastica by making her unconscious, however, she was not knocked unconscious and struggled against the intruders. They struck her on the head multiple times with their fists and steel-toed shoes. She was also stabbed multiple times with two screwdrivers. Escolastica’s cheekbones were broken and she received severe brain damage, resulting in her death. Ruben and Rene fled the office with at lest $56,000 in cash.
Ruben was convicted and sentenced to death on May 14, 1999. Ruben has contested his death sentence by arguing that there is no evidence that directly links him to Escolastica’s death. Ruben has admitted to helping plan the robbery, but denies participating in the murder. Rene, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, pointed to Ruben as the killer.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Escolastica Harrison. Please pray for strength for the family of Ruben Gutierrez. Please pray that if Ruben is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Please pray that Ruben may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.
Updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 10:41 am EDT
Cleveland Ramon Jackson’s execution was scheduled to occur at 10 am EDT, on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. His execution has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 29, 2018. Thirty-seven-year-old Cleveland is convicted of the murder of three-year-old Jalya Grant and 17-year-old Leneshia Williams during a robbery on January 3, 2000, in Lima, Ohio. Cleveland has spent the last 13 years of his life on Ohio’s death row.
Cleveland Jackson had a difficult childhood with no positive male role models. Cleveland’s father was stabbed to death in front of him by his mother when he was a toddler. His mother had a drug problem and attempted suicide more than once, causing Cleveland to be removed from her and placed in a state home. While in a foster home, Cleveland was raped. While with his mother, she was abusive towards Cleveland. Cleveland also had a juvenile record.
On January 3, 2002, Cleveland Jackson and his half-brother, Jeronique Cunningham, decided to rob the apartment of Shane Liles. Jackson lured Shane out of the apartment to discuss a drug transaction in the staircase of the apartment complex. Cunningham stayed in the apartment, watching television with three teenagers, included Leneshia Williams.
Eventually, Cunningham stood up and ordered the three teenagers into the kitchen. When the teenagers did not immediately comply, Cunningham stuck one of the teenagers in the jaw with a gun he had on him. Jackson then pointed a gun at Shane and ordered him into the apartment. After Jackson robbed Shane and his apartment of money and drugs, he forced Shane back into the kitchen, where the three teenagers were located, along with four other individuals, including three-year-old Jayla Grant.