A Democratic state lawmaker will be pushing legislation in the upcoming legislative session to abolish the death penalty in Kentucky. Representative Carl Rollins of Midway drafted a measure that would make the Commonwealth's stiffest sentence life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Rollins bill calls for the term "capital punishment" to be stricken altogether from state law. Similar legislation has been introduced intermittently over the past 25 years, but has never garnered enough support to pass.
Activists with the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty have sent Governor Steve Beshear more than 1,500 postcards asking him to sign no more death warrants and get rid of the punishment. Each card calls the death penalty “a risky, arbitrary, unfair, ineffective and costly distraction from justice.”