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Action needed: Kentuckians, ask your state senator and state rep to support SB63 and HB145

The Kentucky General Assembly is back in Frankfort—now is the time to contact legislators and encourage our friends to do the same.

HB 145: Abolish the death penalty for people with severe mental illness

In the State House of Representatives, Rep. Darryl Owens (D-Jefferson County) filed HB 145 to end the death penalty for people who are severely mentally ill at the time the crime is committed. The American Bar Association’s damning assessment of Kentucky’s death penalty specifically recommends abolishing capital punishment for people with severe mental illness.

Please call 800- 372-7181 and ask the staff person to deliver these messages to two state representatives: Chairperson of the House Judiciary Committee, John Tilley, and your own state representative (you can you can look them up here):

Message for Rep. Tilley: “Please allow a hearing on HB 145 to end the death penalty for severely ill persons as soon as possible.”

Message for your state representative: “Please co-sponsor HB 145 to end the death penalty for severely ill persons and support its passage.”

SB 63: Replace the death penalty for all defendants with a maximum penalty of life without parole

In the State Senate, Sen. Gerald Neal (D-Jefferson County) introduced SB 63 to replace the death penalty for all defendants with a maximum penalty of life without parole.

Please call to 800-372-7181 (you can link this call with the one mentioned earlier) and leave a message for State Senator Tom Jensen, chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Message for Sen. Jensen: “Please allow a hearing on SB 63 in the Judiciary Committee. It is time to end the death penalty in Kentucky.”

Tell your friends

Lastly, please forward this information to your friends, use your personal Facebook page to invite them to get active on the death penalty; tweet your followers, and ask for their help on this important issue.

Please take a moment to invite your friends to help end the death penalty in Kentucky.

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  1. Jesus: Nonviolent to the Core? | Peace & All Good linked to this post on February 21, 2012

    […] that. As I write, the Kentucky House of Representative has, lodged in its throat (read: committee), HB 145, a bill proposing the abolishing of the death penalty for persons who suffer from severe mental […]



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