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The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (KCADP) maintains a database of family members of murder victims, religious leaders, law-enforcement officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, family members of the condemned and executed, lawmakers, and others who are willing to talk about their opposition to the death penalty with students.

You also can get the opinions of people on all sides of the justice system–but united by their opposition to the death penalty–at KCADP’s YouTube channel.

For more information, contact Kaye Gallagher at or 502.636.1330.

And if you’d like KCADP to weigh in with our opinion, contact KCADP’s chairperson, Rev. Pat Delahanty, at or 502.494.3298.


In a 2006 poll conducted by the University of Kentucky Survery Center, 67 percent of Kentuckians questioned preferred a long prison sentence to execution for those convicted of aggravated murder.

Also, a majority of Kentuckians support a suspension of executions to allow time for problems within the system to be remedied. A 2011 survey of 405 most likely voters statewide by the American Bar Association found 62 percent support a temporary halt to executions. The support was consistent across the state: a majority of men, women, urban, suburban, and rural, Republican, Democratic, and Independent voters all favored a temporary halt to executions.

Pages in the Why Abolish section of this website also contain data about the death penalty in Kentucky and nationwide.

The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) has the most complete data on the death penalty in the United States. For information about executions in Kentucky, visit DPIC’s state-by-state database.

For breaking developments, check its website’s press room, and for urgent questions call DPIC at 202.289.2275.

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