Gerald Neal

11:38 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Merits of Death Penalty Could Be Debated By 2015 Kentucky General Assembly

State Sen. Gerald Neal has pre-filed legislation for 2015 that would ban the death penalty in Kentucky
Credit Kentucky LRC

State Sen. Gerald Neal, a Democrat from Louisville, plans to introduce a bill in January to abolish the death penalty.

It’s legislation Neal has brought to Frankfort before. He tells the Messenger-Inquirer objections to the death penalty come from many different angles – including religious and constitutional concerns.  But he approaches it on a cost basis, arguing life in prison costs Kentucky less money and achieves the same objective of removing the offender from society.

A legislative committee on judicial issues is set to meet Friday in Paducah, and is expected to discuss the death penalty.

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5:17 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Kentucky Human Rights Commission: End Death Penalty Now

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has called on the state to end the use of the death penalty, saying it is often applied unfairly against minorities and the poor. The commissioners, who enforce state and federal civil rights laws, urged Kentucky lawmakers in a resolution last week to repeal the law that allows the use of the death penalty in some murder cases.

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