Is the death penalty “the best” Kansas has to offer families who have lost loved ones to homicide? Does capital punishment address the needs of traumatized communities whose sense of safety has been violated? A recent KCADP webinar, "Reexamining Justice: How Restorative Principles Can End the Death Penalty in Kansas”, addressed these questions and … [Read more...] about Reexamining Justice: Healing the Harm after Homicide
Register today for "Confronting Crime: Open Discussions on Public Safety and Capital Punishment”. This is KCADP's Annual Meeting and Abolition Conference. The location will be FireWorx, 500 S. Topeka St, Wichita, KS. Date is November 11th, 2023. Time 1 to 3 p.m. Speakers: Demetrius Minor of Conservatives Concerned About the … [Read more...] about “Confronting Crime: Open Discussions on Public Safety and Capital Punishment”
Speakers are Todd Lehman and Celeste Dixon. Mr. Lehman is the Executive Director of Offender Victim Ministries of Kansas. Ms. Dixon is a Kansas resident whose mother Marguerite was murdered in Texas. The person charged with the murder was convicted and sentenced to death and ultimately executed. Our panelists for this event will explore the … [Read more...] about Reexamining Justice: How Restorative Principles Can End the Death Penalty in Kansas
On July 1st, Kansas entered its twenty ninth year of a capital punishment law on the books again. Passed by the legislature and allowed by Governor Joan Finney to become law without her signature, the bill was accompanied by many hopes and promises of its supporters. “We’ll get it right and not be like those other states.” “We’ll fund the public … [Read more...] about The Kansas Death Penalty at 29: What do the years tell us?
As noted in our newsletter, KCADP is one of the many individuals and groups affected by the temporary closure of the downtown Topeka post office on May 27th. The Post Office staff indicate that for now the KCADP address will stay the same (PO Box 2065, Topeka, Kansas 66601). There is mention of an upcoming meeting to discuss plans and get community feedback. If that leads … [Read more...] about KCADP Address Stays the Same…for now at least!
Our Response to Murder: Revenge? Or Support and Healing? In the 1994 Kansas legislative session, the question again arose – what should be the response to the most serious form of murder? Prison or execution? In response, Bill Lucero, KCADP founder and murder victim family member, told the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, “The death penalty … [Read more...] about Tree of Healing
There are many practical reasons to support death penalty abolition in Kansas. They include the following: Cost: A 2014 study by the Kansas Judicial Council Death Penalty Advisory Committee found defense and district court costs are 3-4 times more for cases where the death penalty is sought than for similar cases where it is not sought. Even when … [Read more...] about Why Abolition Makes Sense
The growing Kansas legislative support for abolition was clear with the introduction of HB 2349 and SB 211 in February. In the House, Rep. Mark Schreiber and thirty three of his House colleagues sponsored HB 2349. Those co-sponsoring Representatives are: Amyx, Ballard, Blew, Carmichael, Concannon, Curtis, Donohoe, Eplee, Featherston, Haskins, Haswood, Highberger, … [Read more...] about 48 Legislators Sign on to Kansas Abolition Legislation!!!!
The Kansas death penalty is being put on trial in a Sedgwick County capital murder case with a special set of hearings February 6 through 8. Kyle Young, an African American man, is charged with capital murder in the January 22, 2020 deaths of Alicia Roman and George Kirksey. He faces the death penalty if convicted. His attorneys have filed a pretrial challenge to the … [Read more...] about Kansas Death Penalty on Trial
Every capital murder, by definition, involves a horrible crime. And we acknowledge that the victims in these cases were loved and are missed by their families every single day. But even so, these cases were infected with the types of racial discrimination, prosecutorial misconduct, and unfair jury selection that we see in death penalty cases across the county. It’s … [Read more...] about KCADP Statement In Response To US Supreme Court Ruling In The Carr Appeals