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Action needed: Ask your state rep to support HCR 173 to create a Kentucky Death Penalty Reform Implementation Task Force

Kentucky Rep. Jesse Crenshaw

Kentucky Rep. Jesse Crenshaw

Kentucky Rep. Jesse Crenshaw (D-Fayette County) has introduced House Concurrent Resolution 173 (HCR 173) which will create a Kentucky Death Penalty Reform Implementation Task Force to develop a strategy to implement the reforms recommended by the American Bar Association’s Kentucky Death Penalty Assessment Report.

Passage of HCR 173 is important so that the General Assembly continues to review the recommendations made by the Kentucky team that studied the death penalty scheme in Kentucky for two years and concluded that the system is seriously broken and needs to be fixed. Currently reasonable persons cannot place any confidence in the outcome of trials conducted under this flawed system.

House Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Tilley (D-Christian and Trigg) has scheduled this Resolution for a vote in a meeting to take place on Monday, March 12, at about 5 p.m.—that’s today.

Larry Simon, one of the 11 prosecutors whose op-ed was recently published in the Lexington Herald-Leader under the headline, Prosecutors: Ky. capital punishment unfair, will testify at today’s hearing.

Please contact your state representative by calling 800-372-7181 and asking for a YES vote supporting HCR 173.

We expect the committee to approve the amendment and then there will be a vote on the House floor. Please call your state representative as soon as possible. Thanks!

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