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This morning Pope Francis addressed the US Congress. In that address, he asserted that ‘every life is sacred,’ and called for the death penalty to be abolished globally. His support for abolition of the death penalty could not have been more forthright or more clear.
The Pope stated that life is important at every stage and tied abolition to his advocacy for the poor, the underrepresented and those whom society has devalued. He stated “I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes.” (The emphasis is mine.)
The Pope drew significant applause from the Congress when he noted that the Golden Rule – doing unto others as we would have them do to us – gives us the “responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of development.”
Finally, the Pope made it very clear that this principle of treating others they way we want to be treated, does extend to those who have been sentenced for the most serious criminal actions.
I wanted to share this great news with you today. We applaud the Pope for his strong support and hope that many will thoughtfully reflect on his comments and join us in calling for the state of Kansas to repeal the death penalty in 2016.
Mary and the KCADP Team
We would like to thank each and every one of you who participated in our abolition lobby day and faith leaders press conference on February 10, 2015!
Thank you for being part of this important cause. We rely on your enthusiasm and strong support all the way to repeal!
Mark your calendars and plan to participate in our
ABOLITION LOBBY DAY AT THE CAPITOL on FEBRUARY 10, 2015!
Want to participate in Lobby Day? Here is what you need to know:
We are busy alerting legislators about Lobby Day and will help you, our members, set up appointments with your legislators!
Just contact your area Coordinator:
Your Lobby Day Packet will include the following:
We are looking forward to seeing you at ABOLITION LOBBY DAY on FEBRUARY 10th where KCADP Staff will be ready and available to assist you in anyway!
The 2015 Abolition Bill has been introduced – Now there should be a Judiciary Committee Hearing!
HB 2129 would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life without parole. It was introduced by Representative Steven Becker of Buhler – and there should be a Committee hearing of this important bill in the House Judiciary Committee.
Please contact your legislators now:
1. First contact Rep. John Barker (johnbarkerhouseksgov) , Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee – and tell Chairman Barker that you feel HB 2129 should have a hearing that is timely and allows the Committee to hear the most important issues related to repeal – including the significant cost savings that repeal of the death penalty will bring to the State.
Chairman Barker’s contact info: Capitol Office Phone: 785 296-7674; House of Representatives Email address: johnbarkerhouseksgov (johnbarkerhouseksgov)
2. Contact your Representative also to let him/her know of your support for a hearing and your support for repeal. You can find your Representative at HERE.
When you call, email or write – share these important facts:
1. Several studies have looked at the cost of Kansas’ death penalty since its reinstatement in 1994 and have found that a death sentence costs more than the alternative of life in prison without parole. The high cost of the death penalty diverts important financial resources that the state could spend better.
2. 1994 Fiscal Note estimated that, when Kansas reinstated the death penalty, it would cost the state an extra $2.4 – 4.2 million per year.
3. 2014 Judicial Council Study found that defense and district court costs are 3-4 times higher for trials where the death penalty is sought than for trials in similar cases where it is not sought.
If you have time you can also share that:
1. There is no deterrent effect.
2. Our criminal justice system does convict innocent people – and the death penalty makes righting that wrong impossible.
3. The death penalty system is arbitrary – similar crimes are prosecuted differently due to geography, availability of local resources to pay for a death penalty trial, and racial and economic factors.
4. The death penalty prolongs victims’ families suffering.
5. The death penalty is not humane. 2014 was a year rife with botched executions.
It’s important for legislators to hear from constituents like you! Call, write or email your legislators today and tell them you support ending the Kansas death penalty!
If you have questions, please feel free to reference our General Overview Handout. If you need assistance, or want to share your legislator’s response, please contact us here at KCADP! For more information contact: Mary Sloan, Executive Director at maryksabolitionorg (maryksabolitionorg) .
On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, HB 2129 to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life without parole was introduced by Representative Steven Becker of Buhler.
Contact your legislators today and ask them to support HB 2129! It’s important for legislators to hear from constituents like you! Call, write or email your legislators today and tell them you support ending the Kansas death penalty!
To confirm your legislators’ contact information, just visit openstates.org. Type in your address to see updated contact information for your Senator and Representative.
We know that in Kansas, death penalty cases cost three to four times more than non-death penalty cases. The high cost of the death penalty diverts important financial resources that the state could spend better.
If you have questions, need assistance, or want to share your legislator’s response, please contact us here at KCADP!
This year we are holding three separate Regional Abolition Conferences in order to give everyone a better opportunity to attend! Check out the locations listed below and sign up to attend! You can attend one or all three, it is up to you!
RAINBOW MENNONITE CHURCH | 1444 SOUTHWEST BLVD | KANSAS CITY | 66103
Come listen to Ray Krone tell his tale of lies, corruption, and deceit as the state of Arizona tried to steal his life. Krone spent more than a decade in prison, some of it on death row, before DNA testing cleared his name. He is the 100th former death row inmate freed because of innocence since the reinstatement of capital punishment in the United States in 1976. He was the twelfth death row inmate whose innocence has been proven through post-conviction DNA testing. Prior to his arrest, Krone had no previous criminal record, had been honorably discharged from the military, and had worked in the postal service for seven years.
Breakout Session #1: Innocence Row Panel: A discussion with Ray Krone, Reggie Griffin, the 143rd person exonerated since 1973, after spending 30 years in prison, some of it on death row, in Missouri and Darryl Burton, a man who spent 24 years in a Missouri prison for a murder he did not commit.
Breakout Session #2: Legislative and Legal Panel: Hear from Donna Schneweis, KCADP board chair, Ron Wurtz, former Federal Death penalty defender and KCADP vice board chair. Both who share extensive knowledge regarding the death penalty in Kansas from their years of experience in the abolition movement.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Please contact Mike Fonkert, KCADP KC Area Community Coordinator at mikeksabolitionorg or at 913-230-6643 to reserve your spot at the Conference or for additional information.
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY – SALINA | 2310 CENTENNIAL ROAD | SALINA | 67401
Join us for the Salina Regional Abolition Conference! We have two sessions and everyone is welcome to participate in one or both of the sessions!
Session One: 3:30pm-5:00pm: This session will consist of rotating workshops featuring Darryl Burton, keynote speaker; Carolyn Zimmerman, daughter of a murder victim; and other local experts on the issue of capital punishment. Check in at the Technology Center for room location.
Session Two: 6:30pm-8:00pm: This session will consist of a keynote address given by Darryl Burton, a Missouri exoneree who spent 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Come hear his story and learn about how you can get involved in the effort to repeal the death penalty in Kansas! Located in the College Center Conference Room.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Please contact Kristin Bollig, KCADP Community Coordinator at kristinksabolitionorg or at 785-235-0214 to reserve your spot at the Conference or for additional information.
Stay tuned…more details on this location are coming soon!
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.!