Bill to abolish death penalty in Kentucky proposed

A bill to abolish the death penalty in Kentucky was proposed this week.

House Bill 38 was proposed earlier this week and would eliminate the death penalty in Kentucky.

All people who have been sentenced to death in Kentucky would instead be sentenced to life without parole by the effective date of the bill if it passes, which is 90 days after session adjourns.

Since instituting its modern death penalty almost 50 years ago, 82 individuals have been sentenced to death in Kentucky, but only three executions have taken place during that time span.

The last execution that occurred in Kentucky was in 2008. Currently, 26 people are on death row in Kentucky.


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