Innocent and Death Row: A Talk by Death Row Exoneree Curtis McCarty


Come Listen to Curtis McCarty, who was wrongfully sent to death row in Oklahoma. He spent over 20 years in prison until DNA evidence proved his innocence and led to his release. In his case, a forensic chemist falsified evidence, which led to his wrongful conviction. Curtis is one of the 155 individuals who have been sentenced to death and later exonerated since 1973.

Where: McPherson College, McPherson, KS
When: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015.

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Important News Alert

Dear Friends,

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


Innocent Exonerees Booklet

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Congratulations to Nebraskans!

It’s final!  On Wednesday May 27th, by a vote of 30-19, the Nebraska legislature has voted to override the Governor’s veto and abolish the death penalty in Nebraska.  With this vote, Nebraska has become the first conservative state since North Dakota (1973) to abolish the death penalty and becomes the 7th state to abolish the death penalty in the past 8 years.


Kansas still has the chance this year to join Nebraska on the right side of history.  Reach out to your legislators today and let them know that you want Kansas to join Nebraska in ending the death penalty.  You can easily find your legislators’ information by clicking here.  And know this, even if we do not succeed in our efforts this year, we will never give up. We have the support of many Representatives and Senators in our great state and we will continue to work with them, continue to work to gain new allies, and continue our fight until Kansas does the right thing. Together we will end the death penalty!
Best regards,

Mary Sloan

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