A Strong Showing for Repeal!


 Kansans of diverse ages and political beliefs packed the hearing room on Monday Feb. 13th for the testimony offered in support of HB 2167 to repeal the Kansas death penalty.


The testimony, both moral and practical, provided a rich resource for committee members to take into consideration.

  • “…it fails the tests of fiscal conservatism, respect for life and limited government.” (Rep. Bill Sutton, Kansas legislator)
  • “I first thought the death penalty was justice and would help me. I have since learned, however, that the death penalty was only the source of further pain, and that it fails to help murder victims’ families rebuild their lives in the wake of tragedy.” (Celeste Dixon, murder victim family member)
  • “ …the evidence is clear that the death penalty imposes significant costs to state and local budgets not incurred with life in prison without parole.” (Ron Wurtz, attorney)
  • “…As a threat to me during my interrogation one detective said that if the elderly women had died in my case, and Kansas had the death penalty (back in 1982), he would ask for it…
    …I have lived the errors of our justice system. We all know that our system isn’t perfect and has many flaws. Knowing these flaws, I do not believe we should be punishing people with the death penalty.” (Eddie Lowery, exoneree)
  • “… This gift of reconciliation is offered to all individuals without exception and gives all life new dignity and sacredness. For this reason, we oppose the death penalty (capital punishment) and urge its elimination from all criminal codes.” (Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr., citing his denomination’s Book of Discipline)

These are just 5 short quotes out of the nearly 30 persons or groups who submitted testimony in support of repeal!


Hearing on Abolition Bill on February 13th!


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 in Kansas, the new maximum sentence would be life in prison without parole.


Abolition Bill Introduced!


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 clicking here.


Mr. Bledsoe’s case reminds us of the risk of error in our criminal justice system.  It’s one of the many reasons why Kansas should abolish capital punishment!

A Wish for You

Dear Friends,


As we near the end of 2016, we are mindful of the many ways you have blessed KCADP this past year with
your time, your communications with policy makers, and your donations.    Thank you so much for all you have done!


We extend our best wishes to you for a New Year filled with light, joy, and peace!


Your KCADP Board of Directors

Remember KCADP on Giving Tuesday!

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 to GIVE!


Join the movement and support the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Help us reach our goal of $1,000 on Giving Tuesday. Click here to make an online donation or send it to KCADP, P.O. Box 2065, Topeka, KS 66601.


We thank you for your support to present, and for your support in the days and weeks ahead because your contributions help create the climate for abolition!


Your KCADP Team