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Legislator Files Bill to End Death Penalty


Abolition 2000 Calls on House Judiciary Committee to hear House Bill 514

Frankfort, KY --January 25, 2000 A press conference announcing the filing of a bill to abolish the state's death penalty is scheduled for 1:30 P.M. Friday, January 28, in the Capitol Rotunda. Sister Helen Prejean will be present to voice her support of the Abolition 2000 Campaign and discuss the Kentucky tour of Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation. New polling data on Kentuckians attitudes on capital punishment will be released. The data shows that Kentuckians favor the punishment of life without parole more than the death penalty.

Results from state-wide polling conducted by the Urban Research Institute at the University of Louisville discovered that support for the death penalty drops by half -- from 66 percent to 35 percent -- when life-in-prison-without-possibility-of-parole is presented as a sentencing option in murder cases.

Sister Helen, author of Dead Man Walking, will tell her moving journey of becoming an abolitionist. Her book, which was made into a movie with the same title, confronts "both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the needs of a crime-ridden society and the Christian imperative of love." She will endorse the legislation and the Abolition 2000 Campaign. The Campaign is an educational project by the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (KCADP) to better inform Kentuckians that capital punishment is unnecessary, expensive, violent and unjust.

Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) is a supporting partner of the Campaign. Members from the state and across the country will begin a speaking tour of the state on Friday by talking to various groups about forgiveness. MVFR membership consists not only of family members of murder victims but also families of those who have been executed. The organization advocates alternatives to the death penalty and supports programs that address the needs of victims of violence.

Among the tour's speakers are Maria Hines, director of the Kentucky chapter, Renny Cushing, national MVFR director and Bud Welch, who lost his daughter in the Oklahoma City bombing. The tour - runs through Feb. 1 - cities on the tour: Richmond, Danville, Bowling Green, Frankfort, Paducah and Louisville.


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