Thank You for Your Support!

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!

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Abolition Lobby Day at the Capitol

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:

  • Need a ride to the Capitol? Buses will be coordinated to arrive at the Capitol at 11am.
  • Meet us in the Capitol Rotunda on the 2nd floor for a quick briefing, light lunch and to pick up your Lobby Day Packets!
  • Lobby Day will preceded a Press Conference by Faith Leaders at 2 p.m.

 

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:

  • Do you live in Kansas City or the surrounding area – Click HERE  (mikeatksabolitiondotorg)   to contact your area Coordinator.
  • Do you live in Topeka or the surrounding area – Click HERE  (kristinatksabolitiondotorg)   to contact your area Coordinator.
  • Do you live in Wichita, Western Kansas, or the surrounding area – Click HERE  (ewnetuatksabolitiondotorg)   to contact your area Coordinator.
  • Not sure which area you live in? No problem! Click HERE  (infoatksabolitiondotorg)   and we will have your Coordinator contact you!

 

Your Lobby Day Packet will include the following:

  • An agenda of the day’s activities
  • A list of your appointments – Name, office number and time
  • A map of the Capitol
  • Name tags and “Justice Without a Doubt” Stickers
  • Legislator rosters
  • The 6 Myths Educational Sheet
  • A Lobby Day follow-up report to report on your visit
  • A sample thank you letter to help you write a thank you letter to your legislator.

 

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!

2015 Abolition Bill introduced – now we need a Judiciary Committee Hearing

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  (johndotbarkerathousedotksdotgov)  , 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: johndotbarkerathousedotksdotgov  (johndotbarkerathousedotksdotgov)  

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 maryatksabolitiondotorg  (maryatksabolitiondotorg)  .

Abolition Bill Introduced in Kansas Legislature!

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!

January 2015 Newsletter

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Happy New Year! We here at KCADP are taking a quick look back at 2014 and an exciting look forward to 2015 in our January Newsletter!

Check out the events we held during the last few of months of 2014! Read a recap from our three Regional Abolition Conferences. You can also read a recap from special keynote speaker, Diann Rust-Tierney of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, at our Annual Abolition Summit!

Learn about the most recent, and all too common, exonerations nationwide. KCADP Board Chair, Donna Schneweis writes about the exonerees who have visited Kansas to show their support for abolition in our state and countrywide.

Are you ready to reach abolition in 2015? KCADP Executive Director, Mary Sloan writes about how, “Now is the time for abolition here in Kansas,” and how 2015 is the year! Also, don’t forget to read the powerful Call to Action from long-time member Father Shawn Streepy!

Get ready Advocates, 2015 is the year for Abolition in Kansas!