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Kentucky Senate Passes Ban on Death Penalty for Persons with Mental Illnesses


The state lawmakers have passed the bill on the death penalty for people living with a mental disorder by a 25 to 9 vote on Friday.

According to the new bill, individuals with a mental illness, or legal professionals who are acting on behalf of the individuals with a mental illness, should provide a mental health illness diagnosis from a medical specialist. Also, the defendant’s medical history of a mental disorder is required.

Mainly, the bill includes schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, and bipolar disorder as mental illnesses.

Kentucky has become the twenty-third state in the US and the first Southern state that completely abolished capital punishment for persons living with mental illnesses. 

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The law project will be delivered to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.

Article by Yevheniia Savchenko

Yevheniia Savchenko is a Legal Writer at Lawrina. Yevheniia browses through the most interesting and relevant news in the legal and legaltech world and collects them on Lawrina’s blog. Also, Yevheniia composes various how-to guides on legaltech, plus writes product articles and release notes for Loio, AI-powered contract review and drafting software.

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