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During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - KY: Human Rights/Racial Justice

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A recent poll by the Washington, D.C.-based Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) suggests voters prefer that murderers serve a life sentence rather than idle on death row. The nationwide survey of 1,500 registered voters found most prefer life without parole over the death penalt

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Poor defendants in capital crimes may get their day in court, but often without well-equipped legal counsel, according to a recent report by the ACLU. It comes on the heels of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' recent about-face on the death penalty, which he now

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky jails kids who are charged with non-criminal misconduct, like skipping school or running away from home, at the second-highest rate in the nation, according to the group Kentucky Youth Advocates. Its executive director, Terry Brooks, says they will urge state lawmakers next

FRANKFORT, Ken. - Several national groups are endorsing legislation in Kentucky to prevent the use of the death penalty for individuals with severe mental illnesses. Mental health advocates are urging state lawmakers to consider the proposed ban, but still hold those persons accountable for their cr

FORT MITCHELL, Ken. - Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark legislation outlawing discrimination against people with disabilities - the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To celebrate the milestone, some Kentucky crusaders have been on an 11-city "freedom rally' tour to demonstrate t

Louisville, KY – Criminology experts from around the world do not believe the death penalty deters crime. New research on the controversial topic also takes aim at previous studies that have suggested a connection between deterrence and the death penalty. The findings could play a role in the

Frankfort, KY – A circuit court judge believes Kentucky's capital punishment system is flawed, the costs are high, and the benefits are small. Sixth Circuit Court Judge Boyce Martin made that assessment this week in reviewing a death penalty case. Now, his opinion is being offered as evidence

Frankfort, KY – Innocence and money. Those are the two points for a former death row inmate who has been talking to legislators around the country as they debate proposals to scrap the death penalty in favor of life in prison without parole for capital crimes. New Mexico is the latest to aboli

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