In the last few weeks there has been a lot of momentum toward abolishing the death penalty in Kansas. At the March 15th hearing on the death penalty, several murder victim family members spoke to the committee about the need to abolish the death penalty in Kansas. Kristi Smith, a KCADP board member, spoke to the committee about losing her … [Read more...] about Recent Kansas Abolition News
It may come as a surprise, but Kansas has a long and tumultuous history with the death penalty. On January 30, 1907, we became one of the first states to legislatively repeal the death penalty when Governor Hoch, an ardent opponent of capital punishment, signed abolition legislation. This January 30th, to commemorate Kansas Abolition Day, we need you to call on Governor … [Read more...] about HELP CELEBRATE KANSAS ABOLITION DAY-JANUARY 30TH!
The newly-released report from the Death Penalty Information Center reveals what many have suspected: that the support and use of capital punishment in the United States is declining. Citing the abolition of the death penalty in Illinois, the moratorium in Oregon, and the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, DPIC breaks down the reasons for numbers such … [Read more...] about Support for Death Penalty Continues to Erode
On December 16, 2011, the Emporia Gazette published a column by Bob Grover entitled, "Abolish the death penalty in Kansas" which outlined many reasons that the death penalty in Kansas should be replaced with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Grover approaches this topic from a variety of angles, including cost, deterrence, fairness, and … [Read more...] about Excellent Opinion Piece Published in the Emporia Gazette
Last week, Kansas' abolition movement made national news as one of several states with a shot at ending the death penalty in 2012. The Washington, D.C. based newspaper Politico listed Kansas, along with California, Maryland, Connecticut, and Ohio, as a state that's making a big push to end the death penalty. KCADP Board Chair Donna Schneweis was mentioned in the … [Read more...] about Abolition Efforts in Kansas are Catching Attention Nationwide
Citing regret for executions that took place in his state over 10 years ago, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced last week that no further executions would take place in his state while he is the Governor. "I simply cannot participate once again in something that I believe to be morally wrong," the governor said in uncharacteristically emotional … [Read more...] about Moratorium on executions in Oregon!
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the KCADP Rally for Repeal a huge success! Thanks especially to Jeremy Schroeder and Diann Rust-Tierney for flying in and speaking to an energized Kansas crowd. The 2012 legislative session is coming up very soon, and we look forward to working with Kansans from every corner of the state in the coming weeks … [Read more...] about KCADP Rally for Repeal a Huge Success!
Friends, The people of Kansas are outraged about the execution of Troy Davis this week in Georgia, and as a result a number of vigils and action meetings are taking place around the state in the coming days. Please take a look and see what is coming near you. If you are planning something, let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org or … [Read more...] about In Honor of Troy Davis…
“…I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight…” These words were among Troy Davis’ last; spoken moments before he was executed by the state of Georgia this week. He was executed despite substantial doubt about his guilt and public objections from persons across the political spectrum. The death of Troy Davis has left us … [Read more...] about Kansans Are Troy Davis
Although Kansas has not carried out an execution since 1965, the state has had guidelines in place for the past decade on how to proceed when one is carried out. Former Secretary of Corrections Charles Simmons explained in the article why, for example, an execution would be carried out in Lansing while death sentences inmates are held in El Dorado. "The decision to house … [Read more...] about Topeka Capital-Journal outlines Kansas execution process