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.

Botched Execution in Arizona

 

Traditional and social media around the nation are once again afire with the news of yet another botched execution yesterday of convicted murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood.

 

We extend every sympathy to the victims and families of horrific crimes. We believe that society needs to be protected and murderers held accountable for their actions.

 

In this most recent case, Wood died after the State of Arizona, reportedly using the same drugs — the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone — that were used in the botched Ohio execution in January. Witnesses say he gasped and snorted for nearly two hours in another execution gone wrong.

 

“This case shows us again 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 Against the Death Penalty (KCADP). Lethal injection has proven to be an unacceptable method for states who still carry out the death penalty as shown in the grotesque executions in Ohio in January and Oklahoma in April. These botched executions call into question every citizen’s right to protection from cruel and unusual punishment.”

 

The drama and public outcry about these executions do nothing to rectify the problems or heal the emotional wounds of our society. Bungled executions and the risk of executing an innocent person undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system.

 

The solution is to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole and redirect the savings into services for victim families. The death penalty should not continue.

 

The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP), the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) and many others are calling for change. This ongoing series of shocking events 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 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?

Ron from IGI Mary from IGI

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

 

Sign Petition appealing to Pope Francis

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The Cherish Life Circle, a Catholic abolitionist circle founded but Sisters of Mercy, have a petition online appealing to Pope Francis to urge the US to end the use of the death penalty. They need about 400 or so more signatures so let’s help them out!

 

http://cqrcengage.com/sistersofmercy/app/sign-petition?2&engagementId=40376 

 

Remember, you don’t have to be Catholic to sign!

 

 

KCADP wants to hire you!

Want to be more involved in bringing Abolition to Kansas?  

Then check out this open position, it might just be perfect for you!

 

JOB DESCRIPTION – FIELD ORGANIZER

 

Job Title:                Field Organizer

Position Type:      Full-time

Reports To:           Executive Director

Salary:                     Based on Experience

 

Position Description:

The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP) is a non-profit organization that is preparing for a legislative campaign. The field organizer will be a vital part of this campaign, responsible for traveling to and organizing within key legislative districts under the Executive Director’s supervision and oversight.  With a specific focus on Wichita and Western Kansas area supporters – including victims’ families, law enforcement officials, political conservatives, moderates and liberals  and diverse faith groups – the field organizer will carry out systematic outreach with the goal of building grassroots support for repeal and identifying key volunteers and partners.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with and mobilize strategically important constituency groups
  • Identify ways to develop new leadership among members and supporters
  • Build coalitions and networks within targeted legislative districts
  • Plan and execute educational events in targeted areas of the state
  • Assist in trainings on speaking, advocacy and grassroots lobbying
  • Prepare written materials (such as fliers and brochures) to support overall grassroots campaign
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to ensure grassroots organizing efforts advance legislative goals as specified in the strategic plan
  • Speak on behalf of KCADP at meetings, events, and other venues
  • Work with staff and volunteers to ensure that the database is up to date
  • Contribute to the KCADP’s newsletter as requested
  • Send out action alerts and updates to KCADP members

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Confident public speaker
  • Commitment to ending the death penalty
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills; familiarity with internet/social media
  • Comfortable working with and motivating volunteers in various projects
  • Ability to interface with diverse population groups
  • Attentiveness to detail and ability to work under pressure
  • Self-starter, but respectful of team goals and processes
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • A valid driver’s license, auto insurance and ability to drive within the state as needed
  • Experience with community organizing; experience in event planning a plus
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint; use of Publisher a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree in social service or human services discipline
  • Bondable

 

 Please email your resume and a cover letter to Mary Sloa  (maryatKSabolitiondotorg)  n at maryatKSabolitiondotorg.