Don’t resume executions in Kentucky!
There is a growing push by legislators to restart executions in Kentucky. This is a deeply troubling and dangerous movement led by a handful of legislators who are using the death penalty as a political tool. But even though they don’t represent the majority, we can’t discount their efforts. Just last month, Kentucky legislators passed a bill to expand use of the death penalty, even though no one has been executed in Kentucky for more than 14 years.
We have teamed up with our local partner Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (KCADP) to speak out against this alarming threat. Will you please join us in telling legislators “Don’t Resume Executions in Kentucky!”?
There is a growing bipartisan coalition of organizations and individuals in Kentucky who are advocating for an end to executions. If we can come together with a strong showing of unity, we can turn the tide against this alarming threat and refocus the conversation on ending the death penalty and advocating for more effective solutions to violence.
The death penalty is disproportionately used to punish the most vulnerable people in society, including people with severe mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, histories of serious childhood trauma and abuse, and young people. Its use is deeply rooted in a legacy of racial oppression and terror, and racial bias continues to influence who is sentenced to die today.
Innocent people have been condemned to die and even executed for crimes they did not commit. Repealing the death penalty is the only way to ensure that we never execute an innocent person.