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ABA Kentucky Assessment Team to report its findings to House Judiciary Committee on Jan. 25

Rep. John Tilley

Rep. John Tilley

House Judiciary Committee Chairperson Rep. John Tilley (D-Christian and Trigg) has invited members of the ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project to testify before the committee.

We reported in December that this team’s two-year investigation found many severe flaws in the process as practiced in Kentucky and made several unanimous recommendations. One recommendation is that Kentucky stop sentencing people with severe mental illness persons to death. Rep. Darryl Owens (D-Jefferson County) has filed HB 145 which would end this horrific practice.

The committee meets this Weds., Jan. 25, at 12 p.m. in Room 171 of the Capital Annex. Please attend the hearing.

This hearing will be an excellent educational opportunity for lawmakers to hear how broken our system is and why the death penalty undermines the credibility of our entire justice system.

Also, if you have not yet done so, 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.”

Photo: Courtesy Kentucky Legislature

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