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Support for death penalty drops below 50%

new poll from the Pew Research Center found that support for the use of the death penalty dropped to 49 percent nationwide, the lowest level of support in more than 40 years.  We have already seen this trend in Kentucky. Earlier this year the University of Kentucky Survey Research Center polled Kentuckians not only on their support or opposition to the death penalty, but also about their attitudes regarding its expense when compared to life without parole, its failure to provide fair and constitutional trials to defendants evidenced by Kentucky’s error rate of more than 60%, and the pain it causes victim family members who endure the long wait before sentences are carried out. Given these realities, an overwhelming majority of Kentuckians said they prefer life without parole as the maximum penalty for capital murder.

KCADP continues to need your financial support to make sure we have the resources to carry out the campaign in Kentucky. We also need your voice. Please keep raising this important policy issue with friends, neighbors and family. Letters to editors in local newspapers really influence public opinion and announce the growing opposition to lawmakers. You can always reach those who represent you by calling 1.800.372.7181 and leaving your message for your State Senator and State Representative.

A great way to celebrate the result of this poll would be to use our DONATE link to make a $49.00 contribution. If that is not possible any contribution you make champions the cause and invests in a future when Kentucky will be death penalty free.

 

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