Across the United States, the death penalty continues to fall out of favor with Americans in general and with juries. A majority of Americans choose life! Since 1985 the Gallup poll has asked a question about whether the death penalty or life in prison without parole “is the better penalty for murder”. For the first time ever, a majority of Americans, 60%, chose life in … [Read more...] about The Death Penalty’s Decline Continues!
Just 60 days into his tenure as governor of Kansas, John Carlin was forced to confront the death penalty head-on. While he had promised not to oppose its reinstatement during his campaign, he admitted that, like many, he hadn't thought very deeply about the death penalty at that point. When freshly passed legislation authorizing executions arrived on his desk in early … [Read more...] about Kansans Making a Difference
The following persons comprise the nominee slate to be presented to the KCADP Annual Meeting on November 2nd in Manhattan. All nominations are for two years. Chair: Donna SchneweisSecretary: Meryl Carver-Allmond Directors: Sr. Therese Bangert, Al Terwelp, Rev. Michael Poage, Diane Garlock, Chris Plumpelly, Hope Faflick, and Thea Perry. The election will take place … [Read more...] about Board Nominees
Kansas Governor John Carlin "Make a Difference: Join the Journey to End the Death Penalty" is the title of the 2019 KCADP Annual Meeting and Abolition Conference. It will be held on Saturday November 2nd from 1 to 4 p.m. at the KSU Union, Bluemont Room. Keynote speaker is former Governor John Carlin. During his tenure as Governor, he faced the question of death penalty … [Read more...] about All Roads Lead to Manhattan on November 2nd
2018 Abolition Conference panelists: (left to right) Bob Weeks, Floyd Bledsoe, Richard Ney “The Kansas criminal justice system is too imperfect to trust it with the death penalty. I know from spending over 16 years in a Kansas prison for a murder I didn’t commit until DNA and other evidence proved my innocence….. My case shows the danger in believing … [Read more...] about “The death penalty has no place in Kansas”
In 1994 when the Legislature was debating the reinstatement of the Kansas death penalty, proponents kept saying the tragedy of murder had to lead to another death via execution. Murder victim family member Bill Lucero visited legislators and told them that it did not need to end that way. He told the House Federal and State Affairs Committee in January 1994 ”The death … [Read more...] about Murder: It doesn’t have to end with another death
“Because I did not have to deal with the death penalty the offender was sentenced closer to the time of the crime. Then I began to deal with my loss because there were no longer court distractions and it still took me several years to recover to a new normal.” Wilma Loganbill, whose son was murdered in 1999, in support of repealing the Kansas death penalty. … [Read more...] about HB 2282: A Mother Speaks
House Bill 2282 was introduced on February 12th. It has 32 sponsors—the most ever for a Kansas abolition bill! There are 15 Republican sponsors and 17 Democratic sponsors. A hearing was held on February 19th in House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee. Twenty people provided written or oral testimony in support of ending the death penalty. … [Read more...] about House Abolition Bill Achieves New Firsts!