On Thursday the Glasgow Daily Times reported on HB 45. Cosponsored by Rep. Tom Burch (D-Louisville) and Rep. Jim Wayne (D-Louisville), the bill would abolish the death penalty in Kentucky. From Gina Kinslow’s “Death penalty under fire“:
There are several reasons for abolishing the death penalty,” said Wayne.
One reason is that it has never been proven to be a deterrent for crime. Another is that sometimes mistakes are made in the judicial system and innocent people are sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit. A third reason is that it is not cost-effective.
“It actually costs more to execute people in Kentucky than to keep them in prison for life,” he said.
Both Burch and Wayne are Catholic.
“We believe all life is sacred from the womb to natural death and therefore we have no right to take another person’s life,” Wayne said.