capital punishment Bill To Abolish Ky. Death Penalty Fails In House Committee By Ryland Barton • Mar 10, 2016 Thinkstock After years of efforts, a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Kentucky received its first legislative hearing on Wednesday. But it failed to advance the House Judiciary Committee by one vote. The bill would have replaced the death penalty with life without parole. Capital Punishment on Eastern Standard By John Hingsbergen • Mar 17, 2014 Capital punishment has been used in the US since Colonial Days, for crimes as varied as murder, theft, sexual perversity or denying the existence of God. Despite efforts to do away with the death penalty, it is still a legal punishment in 32 states. Listen Listening... / 51:02 Listen to the full audio from today's show online.