Jack Conway, Kentucky’s attorney general, asked the governor to set three execution dates today
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway requested three death warrants this morning. The figure would double the number of citizens the commonwealth has executed since the death penalty was re-established in 1976.
Conway’s request to Gov. Steve Beshear to set execution dates for three death row inmates comes just two weeks after the Louisville Courier-Journal ran a series of articles and editorials about the ineffectiveness of Kentucky’s death row system.
[Update: Conway’s request also comes on the same day that the American Bar Association announced it’s conducting an assessment of Kentucky’s broken death penalty system and on the same day that 14 prominent Kentucky attorneys petitioned Gov. Beshear to halt executions.]
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, “Conway said in a statement that Ralph Baze Jr., Robert Foley and Gregory Wilson have exhausted all of their ‘matter of right’ appeals in state and federal courts.”
Let Gov. Steve Beshear and General Jack Conway know your opinion!
KCADP urges citizens concerned about the commonwealth of Kentucky killing in their name to contact Conway:
The death penalty solves nothing
While KCADP has no doubt about the horror of the crimes these men were convicted of, the death penalty is not the solution:
- It’s costly–the death penalty is more expensive than life in prison
- It’s out of step with modern thinking–Kentuckians prefer prison over execution for murderers
- It’s risky–innocent people have been executed
- It’s unfair, broken, and arbitrary–the death penalty is not applied equally
- It’s unnecessary–the death penalty is not a deterrent
- Victims’ families deserve more care and compassion–the death penalty can extend and intensify their suffering