Over the years, we have been blessed by the witness of Bob Hessman and his family as they dealt with the loss of their beloved Mary Mel Eesa Rains to homicide. Bob and his family talked of the challenges they faced after her murder, and how they drew strength from their faith and family and friends as they went on without their beloved Mel. They spoke out time and again … [Read more...] about Remembering Bob Hessman: Man of Faith and Courage
It’s not often that we have an opportunity to understand the death penalty through excellent photography. Donnelly College in Kansas City is sponsoring a death penalty photo exhibit featuring the works of Scott Langley, an accomplished photojournalist. The exhibit can be viewed from now til April 7 in the Meeting Room on the Donnelly Campus. Exhibit hours are from 10 … [Read more...] about Death Penalty Photo Exhibit
“A Journey into the U.S. Death Penalty through Photos and Stories " Thursday March 23rd, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Matt Ross Community Center, Crown Room, 8101 Marty Street, Overland Park, KS 66204 Join us for this informative event. It is free and open to the public! The presenter is Scott Langley, a photojournalist and sociologist who has covered executions. … [Read more...] about A Journey Into the U.S. Death Penalty through Photos and Stories
HB 2167, a bill to abolish the death penalty, will be heard by House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee on Monday, February 13th. The hearing is open to the public and will start at 1:15 p.m. and be held in Room 582 North. This bill would abolish the Kansas death penalty for crimes on or after the effective date of the legislation. For the most serious homicides … [Read more...] about Hearing on Abolition Bill on February 13th!
KCADP welcomes the introduction of HB 2167 which would repeal the Kansas death penalty and replace it with life in prison without parole for the most serious murders in Kansas. An eloquent appeal for abolition was just published in the Wichita Eagle by Floyd Bledsoe, who spent over 15 years in Kansas prison even though he was innocent of murder. You can read that oped by … [Read more...] about Abolition Bill Introduced!
Dear Friends, Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Since its founding in 2012, Giving Tuesday is now an international day devoted to celebrating and encouraging giving. In 2015, people from all over the world made online donations to non-profit organizations which amounted to over $116 million raised. Giving Tuesday is a day for everyone, everywhere … [Read more...] about Remember KCADP on Giving Tuesday!
“It feels like revenge to me” was how Larned resident Celeste Dixon described her journey with the death penalty system in Texas following the August 18, 1986 murder of her mother Marguerite Dixon. She spoke Saturday at the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty Abolition Conference in Olathe. Ms. Dixon interacted with Harris County Texas prosecutors and attended the … [Read more...] about Kansans Hear First Hand Testimony of Death Penalty’s Impact
Dear Friends, We are writing because we are at a crossroads. KCADP is transitioning to an all-volunteer organization as of May 6th. as the grant funding that provided the resources for paid staff has ended. KCADP staff will go on to other challenges. We know they will succeed at those ventures. They are some of the finest people we have had the privilege of working … [Read more...] about To All Our Supporters
Click on the image to download the flyer. All are welcome! We hope to see you there! … [Read more...] about Join us in Lawrence May 21 to hear from Kansas exoneree Floyd Bledsoe!
On April 27, the Kansas Legislature returns for the final portion of the 2016 Legislative Session. And they do so under grim conditions: our state faces a $290 million dollar budget hole and no one knows how to fix it. This will surely mean cuts to programs and services that people have a real need for and care deeply about. One program that should for sure be on the table … [Read more...] about ACTION ALERT