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KCADP to participate in Turnaround Tuesday

 

Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for more information on Turnaround Tuesdays.  Modeled after Moral Mondays in North Carolina, people and coalitions will be gathering on the south lawn of the State House each Tuesday September 2nd though November 4th at 5:30 p.m. Each of these gatherings will be power-packed and brief, focusing on a specific issue.

 

 

KCADP invites you to participate in our Turnaround Tuesday on September 23rd, focusing on the effort to repeal the death penalty in Kansas! There will be time to mingle, get more information, and sign postcards following the 20 minute showcase.

 

 

Bring a friend and stop by the south lawn of the State House on September 23rd at 5:30 p.m.!

We want to see you at Champions for Change!

 

 

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Save the Date for our annual Champions for Change!

Mark your calendars!

You won’t want to miss Champions for Change!

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We look forward to seeing you there!

 

KCADP is gearing up -Stay Tuned!

 

We here at KCADP are gearing up for busy fall! Make sure you stay tuned!

 

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Details are coming soon about the multiple events we will be holding across the entire state this fall!

Do you want KCADP to come to your area? Just contact us here and we will help plan your local event!

 

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KCADP is getting a new look and we are just so excited about it, that we can’t help but give you a sneak peak!

This is just one little piece of our overall new look and we hope you like it as much as we do!

 

 

Now is the time for abolition! Want to join the movement? Sign up here!

 

Carr Brothers – Kansas Supreme Court Ruling

 

We, at the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP), continue to be shocked and horrified by the deeds of the Carr brothers, who were convicted in 2002 of multiple Wichita murders. Like every murder that impacts our communities, such crimes deserve severe punishment.

 

Our hearts break for the victims and their families who want to put these events behind them. Grievous wounds are reopened every time the crime gets new media attention or there is a new development related to the case.

 

KCADP’s mission is repeal of the death penalty and since Kansas has the alternative of life in prison without any possibility of parole for capital cases, we believe it is the appropriate sentence. Life without parole is a severe sentence that protects the community without the long, difficult and emotionally wrenching legal process associated with capital cases.

 

Further, many Kansans believe that life is sacred and that state-sanctioned killings are wrong for many reasons. Regardless of faith and philosophical differences, analysis of use of the death penalty shows it is not good public policy, costs more than life without parole, does not have a deterrent effect and increases the suffering of victims’ families.

The Death Penalty in Kansas…I’ve got Issues with that!

 

Did you happen to miss KTWU’s latest “I’ve Got Issues” program, when the death penalty in Kansas was discussed?

Bummed you didn’t get to see the interview with Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking?”

Disappointed that you missed our very own Mary Sloan and Ron Wurtz talk about the benefits of repealing the death penalty in Kansas?

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Don’t worry you can watch the entire episode right here!

 

Botched Execution in Oklahoma

 

Traditional and social media around the nation are exploding with the news of last night’s botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. Lockett died after the State of Oklahoma, using a new and untested drug combination, aborted the procedure when it was clear that the execution was not proceeding as planned.

 

News reports and witnesses relate that Lockett cried out “man” and that he writhed and struggled to get off the gurney after he was supposed to be unconscious. Officials closed the blinds to the viewing gallery after Lockett struggled.

 

The event lasted at least 43 minutes. Lockett’s cause of death was reported to be a massive heart attack.

 

This was to have been a double execution, the state’s first since 1937. The execution of the other condemned man, Charles Warner, has been postponed. It is clear that Oklahoma should halt all executions and carry out an independent investigation.

 

“We know that the death penalty is fraught with risk, error and expense, and it does nothing to protect society from future crime,” said Donna Schneweis, Chair of the Kansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (KCADP). Lethal injection is not an acceptable method for states who still carry out the death penalty as shown in last night’s event and the prolonged and grotesque execution of Ohio convicted killer Dennis McGuire in January. Last night’s execution in Oklahoma, like the one in Ohio in January, undermine public confidence in our criminal justice system.

 

The solution is to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The death penalty should not continue.

 

The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP), The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the National Coalition and many others are calling for change. This shocking event serves as an even greater motivation to abolish the death penalty in Kansas and join 18 other states that have already outlawed this archaic practice.

The Legislative Session isn’t over yet – We must stay vigilant!

We are in the final stages of the 2014 Legislative Session and we here at KCADP have spent the bulk of our time fighting against a poorly thought-out bill – Senate Substitute for House Bill 2389.

 

This bill intended to accelerate the death penalty execution process.  Its own process through the legislature involved a “gut-and-go” maneuver where the language from an already approved bill was replaced with something else.  This technique would have prevented the House from having any input on the bill, but working together, you made sure that wasn’t the case by bringing attention to this ill-advised and dangerous bill.  The House heard you and responded by rejecting the Conference Committee report and sending the bill back down the legislative hill…but it’s not over until the last day, so this IS NOT OVER!!

 

There is still a possibility that the proponents of this bill will try to get it through.  Stay vigilant and continue to contact  Conference Committee House members Rep. Rubin  (johndotrubinathousedotksdotgov)  , (785 296-7690); Rep. Gonzales  (ramondotgonzalezjrathousedotksdotgov)  , (785 296-7500); and Rep. Pauls  (jandotpaulsathousedotksdotgov)  , (785 296-7657); along with your  House Representative (find your Representative here) and urge them to OPPOSE HB 2389!

 

Together we can end the death penalty and defeating this bill is a good start!

Curtis McCarty to speak at Donnelly College!

Curtis McCarty: Death Row Exoneree Shares his experience at Donnelly College

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Donnelly College and the Archdiocese of Kansas hosts a talk and discussion with Curtis McCarty who will share his experience as an Oklahoma Death Row Exoneree on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:00pm. This talk will take place at the Donnelly College Community Event Center, 608 N 18th St, KCK 66102 (parking in main campus lot).

 

Sentenced to death in Oklahoma for a crime he did not commit, Curtis McCarty spent over 21 years in prison – including 19 years on death row – before being exonerated in 2007. His wrongful conviction was the result of prosecutorial and forensic misconduct. Despite evidence of this misconduct, McCarty was re-convicted twice and re-sentenced to death 3 times. It took over 16 years for McCarty to secure proper DNA testing, and another 3 years to win a new trial with this evidence.

 

Since being exonerated, Curtis McCarty has been advocating for repeal of the death penalty all over the world. He knows first-hand the flaws in our death penalty system, and the very real possibility of a state making the biggest mistake of all: executing an innocent person.

 

If you have any questions please contact:

Bill Scholl – Office for Social Justice

Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Phone: 913-647-0317

 

Hope to see you there!

 

ACT NOW – HB2389 Moves to the House

 

As Senate Substitute for HB 2389 (previously SB 257) moves to the House, it has been referred to a Conference Committee (three members of the House and three members of the Senate.)  The Conference Committee will hold an Informational Hearing on March 5th at 1:30 pm, in Room 152 S.

 

NOW is the time to take action! Please contact each member of the commitee and express your opposition and also contact all members of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee.

 

The Conference Committee members are Rep, John Rubin785 296-7690Rep. Ramon Gonzalez,785 296-7500Rep. Janice Pauls,785 296-7657Sen. Jeff King,  785-296-7361Sen. Greg Smith785-296-7367; and Sen. David Haley785-296-7376.

 

The Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee members are Rep. John Rubin785 296-7690Rep. Ramon Gonzalez785 296-7500Rep. Janice Pauls620-663-8961;  Rep. Steven Anthimides785-296-3971Rep. Steven Becker785 296-7196Rep. Rob Bruchman785 296-7644Rep. Larry Campbell785 296-7632Rep. Blaine Finch785 296-7655Rep. Gail Finney785 296-7648Rep. Brett Hildabrand785 296-7659Rep. Russell Jennings785 296-7196Rep. Melanie Meier785 296-7650; and Rep. Tom Moxley785 296-7689.

 

Please join us at the hearing and show the Committee that Kansans oppose this bill that rushes the process and increases the chances of executing the innocent.

 

Read the facts about HB 2389 here!

 

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact your area coordinator or call the office.

 

Thank you for your continued support and action!