Issue September 2, 2008

Execution Information

Inmates on Kentucky’s death row: 39

Year the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment: 1976

Inmates executed in Kentucky since death penalty was reinstated: 2

Harold McQueen: executed by electrocution in 1997 for killing a convenience store clerk during a robbery in Richmond

Edward Lee Harper: executed by lethal injection in 1999 for shooting his parents to death to inherit insurance money

Inmates executed nationwide over past three decades: 1,119

Death row inmates exonerated and released nationwide: 129

Death row exonerations in Kentucky: 1

Larry Osborne: spent two years on death row in Kentucky before being retried and found innocent in 2002

States with the death penalty: 36

Predominant means of execution: lethal injection

Facts provided by the Death Penalty Information Center