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KCADP Statement on Newtown and Topeka Tragedies

  Last night, Topeka police officers Cpl. David Gogian and Jeff Atherly were killed in the line of duty.  The horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday shook us to our core.  As we shared our grief with the families in Connecticut, our anguish only deepened with the loss of two law enforcement officers who…

KCADP’s 2012 Abolition Conference Featured in The Leaven

  Dr. Allen Ault’s keynote address at the 2012 Abolition Conference was featured in The Leaven.  The article gives a brief overview of Dr. Ault’s comments, which focused on the effects that executions have on the corrections officials responsible for carrying them out.   You can read the full article here.  

Tuesday’s Election

  Congratulations to all the candidates who have been elected!    We thank all who ran for office and all who will now represent their fellow Kansans in the Statehouse. We also note that California’s Proposition 34 to end the death penalty and replace it with life without parole was narrowly defeated by a margin…

Online Video Conference: Making Communities Safer By Abolishing the Death Penalty

  The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is hosting an online video conference  at 1:00pm CT, Thursday, October 25th focusing on how communities can be safer without the death penalty.  The conference will feature a former prison warden, a corrections official and a death row exoneree.  This is a great opportunity to hear…

KCADP Fall 2012 Newsletter

  The KCADP Fall 2012 Newsletter is now available online!  We’ve got a lot of exciting news and upcoming events to share with you.  Here’s a glimpse at the stories you’ll find in the Fall 2012 Newsletter: KCADP is hosting the 2012 Abolition Conference in Olathe on Saturday, November 10th.  Dr. Allen Ault, a former…

National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

  September 25th marks the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  Last year, 116 Kansans lost their lives to murder.  Every one was someone’s child, friend or family member.   Today we pause to remember the many Kansans who have lost their lives to murder over the years.  We extend our deepest sympathy to…

Marysville Advocate: Replace death penalty with life in prison

  In an editorial published today, the Marysville Advocate called for Kansas to replace the death penalty with a life sentence without parole.   The editorial highlighted many of the problems with the death penalty, including the risk of executing an innocent person.  The Advocate writes, “investigations in other execution-minded states continue to reveal there…

Kansas Supreme Court Overturns Death Sentence in Cheever Case

  The Kansas Supreme Court unanimously overturned the death sentence and ordered a new trial for Scott Cheever today.   The death of Sheriff Matthew Samuels was a tragic loss for his family, Greenwood County and the Kansas law enforcement community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the many Kansans whose lives are impacted by…

New Video: Why I Oppose the Death Penalty

  Mark Gietzen, Wichita, speaks about why he opposes the death penalty.  Gietzen, who is the Chairman of the Kansas Coalition for Life, offers up two reasons for his opposition: the risk of executing an innocent person and his personal pro-life views.     Why do you oppose the death penalty?  If you are interested…

Tuesday’s Primary

  Tuesday’s primary election has shown us that significant changes will be coming to the Kansas Legislature.  Several long-serving incumbents were defeated Tuesday, and many fresh faces will be on the November ballot.   In the upheaval of redistricting and the results of Tuesday’s primary, it’s easy to wonder about the chances for abolishing the…