Choice between lethal injection or electrocution if the inmate was
convicted after March 31, 1998
Kentucky has life without parole.A jury decides the sentence.The Governor has the sole authority to commute a death sentence
to a term of life without parole.
In 1998, Kentucky became the only state to pass a racial
In 2002, Larry Osborne was exonerated when the Kentucky
Supreme Court reversed his conviction, which was based upon hearsay
testimony in 2003, Kevin Stanford was granted clemency on the
basis of his age (17) at the time of the crime.