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A longtime proponent of abolishing the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean, brought her message to Lexington Catholic High School students Tuesday. Prejean’s central Kentucky visit comes as public safety officers and community members prepare to pay last respects to a fallen Richmond police officer. 

Allen Ault is Dean of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University.  As Dean Ault prepares to retire, we’ll discuss the death penalty, police/community relations and law enforcement trends today on Eastern Standard.

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.