Remembering Bob Hessman: Man of Faith and Courage


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Over the years, we have been blessed by the witness of Bob Hessman and his family as they dealt with the loss of their beloved Mary Mel Eesa Rains to homicide.


Bob and his family talked of the challenges they faced after her murder, and how they drew strength from their faith and family and friends as they went on without their beloved Mel. They spoke out time and again against the death penalty as murder victim family members.


Bob recently passed away. We will miss this man of faith and courage.


Even though he will no longer be with us in person, we can continue to learn from his personal witness through this video in the KCADP archives.


Death Penalty Photo Exhibit

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It’s not often that we have an opportunity to understand the death penalty through
excellent photography.


Donnelly College in Kansas City is sponsoring a death penalty photo exhibit featuring
the works of Scott Langley, an accomplished photojournalist.


The exhibit can be viewed from now til April 7 in the Meeting Room on the
Donnelly Campus. Exhibit hours are from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday through Friday).


We urge you to check this out!


A Journey Into the U.S. Death Penalty through Photos and Stories



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“A Journey into the U.S. Death Penalty through Photos and Stories


Thursday March 23rd, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Matt Ross Community Center, Crown Room,  8101 Marty Street, Overland Park, KS 66204


Join us for this informative event.  It is free and open to the public!


The presenter is Scott Langley, a photojournalist and sociologist who has covered executions. His presentation details an hour-by-hour walk-through of what happens on an execution night, taking the viewer from the prison deathwatch cell into the actual lethal injection chamber, while outlining the social implications and concerns around the use of executions.


This presentation is one you won’t want to miss!  If you have questions or need more information contact KCADP via email at infoatksabolitiondotorg or by phone to 785-235-2237.



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.