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Why I Oppose the Death Penalty–Will Stewart Starks

  Will Stewart-Starks is just one of many Kansans who are opposed to the death penalty.  Will is the Kansas State Chair of Young Americans for Liberty, and he is concerned with issues of innocence, cost and morality.  Watch the video below to hear Will talk about why he thinks Kansas should replace the death…

KCADP Spring 2013 Newsletter

  The KCADP Spring 2013 newsletter is now available online! Need to catch up on death penalty and legislative session news?  Read our recap of KCADP’s legislative session work and our bill introductions! The Maryland Legislature’s vote to repeal the death penalty has been big news this Spring.  Read the story about Maryland’s efforts to…

Spotlight on an Abolitionist: George Weeks

  George Weeks, a KCADP volunteer from Pittsburg, was featured in the Pittsburg Morning Sun this week.   George says that he always “leaned against” the death penalty, but in the last three years he has become much more supportive of abolition.   Issues like the cost of the death penalty, the harmful effects for…

Video: Father of Murder Victim Shares Why He Opposes Death Penalty

  Bob Hessman, Dodge City, shares the story of his and his wife’s efforts to forgive the man who murdered their daughter.      

Big News for Repeal

  On Friday the Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill repealing Maryland’s death penalty!  The bill already passed the Maryland State Senate, so all that’s left is for Governor O’Malley to add his signature. This will make Maryland the 18th state without the death penalty.   This is a huge moment for abolition work, because…

Watch KCADP’s Advocacy Training Webinar

  On March 9th, KCADP hosted an advocacy training webinar focused on training members to be more effective advocates against the death penalty.   The presentation is now available to watch online in the videos below.  The webinar includes information on the best messages against the death penalty, and strategies for how you can be an…

Abolition Bills Introduced in Kansas Legislature

  On Thursday, a bill to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life without parole was introduced into the Kansas House of Representatives.   The bill, HB 2397, also establishes a fund to help the families of murder victims and provide for mental health services by redirecting savings that will come from abolishing…

Kansas Op-Ed: Neely Goen, Daughter of Murder Victim, Opposes Death Penalty

  Neely Goen never met her father.  His name was Conroy O’Brien, and he was a Kansas state trooper who was murdered in the line of duty.   Neely told her story, and how she came to oppose the death penalty, in an op-ed to the Wichita Eagle published today.   Neely wrote: “My father’s…

KCADP Winter 2013 Newsletter

  The KCADP Winter 2013 Newsletter is now available online!  We’ve got information on upcoming events, a look ahead at what you can do to help Kansas get closer to abolishing the death penalty in 2013, and much more! If you weren’t able to attend the 2012 Abolition Conference in November, you can read a…

Video: Dr. Ault’s 2012 Abolition Conference Keynote Address

  On November 10th, KCADP held the 2012 Abolition Conference in Olathe, KS.  The conference brought abolitionists and advocates from across the state  to learn about the flaws of the death penalty.  As part of the conference, Dr. Allen Ault, a former death row warden, gave a keynote address discusses his career in corrections and…