WAVE 3 Guest Editorial – Dec. 12, 2011: Kentucky Death Penalty

By Donald Vish
Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

We thought it was fixed the last time for the last time, but apparently not. Kentucky's death penalty machinery is still too broken to use according to a group of distinguished Kentucky experts.

In a 520-page report that took two years to compile, the Kentucky assessment team concluded the state's death penalty system can't guarantee either accuracy or fairness and "falls short in the effort to afford … fair and accurate procedures and minimize the risk of executing the innocent."

So the legislature will be asked to fix it, to tweak and tune the mechanics of death one more last time.

But who's going to fix the system retroactively for the three people who were executed under it or the thirty-three men and one woman now awaiting their lethal injection?

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