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The death penalty does not deter crime and the less costly sentence of life without the possibility of parole is an option in Kentucky.

  • Life without the possibility of parole is available in Kentucky. It is effective, severe and permanent.
  • “A privately conducted poll of 500 police chiefs released with the report found the death penalty ranked last among their priorities for reducing violent crime. Only 1 percent found it to the best way to achieve that goal. Adding police officers ranked first.” [CNN]
  • Kentucky’s infrequent use of the death penalty is conclusive evidence that it is not needed. Since 1962 Kentucky has executed just three people, two of whom dropped their appeals and asked to be killed.
  • Capital punishment does not deter murder. The 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report shows the South with the highest murder rate and that it accounts for more than 80 percent of the executions in the country. [FBI: Crime in the United States]
  • “There is little evidence that the death penalty deters. In fact, some of the states that most avidly execute prisoners, such as Texas and Oklahoma, have higher crime rates than states that offer only life in prison without parole.” [The Economist]
  • States without capital punishment generally had lower homicide rates than the states that execute. In fact, all but one of the 14 states with no death penalty in 2008 had murder rates below the national rate of 5.4 per 100,000. [Amnesty International]

For more evidence that Kentucky’s death penalty is unnecessary, read our blog.

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