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
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!
Bills to replace the Kansas death penalty have been filed in both the House and Senate. SB 21 was introduced on January 17th and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. HB 2282 was introduced on February 12th and referred to House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee. Both bills would end the death penalty for the most serious murders in Kansas … [Read more...] about Death Penalty Abolition Legislation Introduced!
On July 1st, Kansas began year twenty five of the death penalty law in Kansas. July is also a month ripe with candidate campaigns——campaign events, phone calling, door knocking, mailings, and candidates present at parades and debates. KCADP has begun its formal candidate education process by reaching out to legislative candidates. We want to make sure they know: There … [Read more...] about Kansas’ Undesired Silver Anniversary
Many Kansans used to think that a politician’s stance on abolition could be predicted by what party he or she was representing. The 2010 Senate vote showed the fallacy of that belief. Twelve Republicans and eight Democrats supported abolition, and nineteen Republicans and one Democrat opposed it. The most recent abolition bill, HB 2167, introduced in 2017, continued the … [Read more...] about Abolition is a Non-Partisan Issue
When we look outside, we see that the seasons are changing. Trees are leafing out, spring flowers are blooming and lawns too are growing. It’s a season of political changes too. The Legislature has ended and the next season—Candidate season—is already evident too. In the elections this year Kansans will choose new statewide leaders as well as new members for the House … [Read more...] about It’s "Candidate" Season!
“They killed a man with fire one night. They strapped him in a wooden chair and pumped electricity through his body until he was dead.” …I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. What I saw set my soul on fire, a fire that burns me still. And now here is an account of how I came to be and still am.” (Sr. Helen Prejean) Sr. Helen shared first hand accounts at KU on March 5th … [Read more...] about "What I saw set my soul on fire…"