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
Join Us for this Special Event! Panelists: Peter Goerzen, Professor of Bible and Religion, Bethel College Donna Schneweis, Board Chair, KCADP Ron Wurtz, Retired Federal Public Defender, First Director of the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit Katie Rose Friesen Birkey, Bethel College Student Steven Becker, Former District Court … [Read more...] about Join Us September 10th!
The 2021 conference panelists all reside in Kansas. They all support abolition of the death penalty. Their personal histories are diverse—a teacher who is a murder victim family member, a conservative Republican who is a former supporter of the death penalty, a screen writer and film maker, a pastor, and a death penalty attorney. In … [Read more...] about United Against the Death Penalty: All Road Lead to Repeal
2018 Abolition Conference panelists: (left to right) Bob Weeks, Floyd Bledsoe, Richard Ney “The Kansas criminal justice system is too imperfect to trust it with the death penalty. I know from spending over 16 years in a Kansas prison for a murder I didn’t commit until DNA and other evidence proved my innocence….. My case shows the danger in believing … [Read more...] about “The death penalty has no place in Kansas”
Click on the names below to read each individual's story of innocence. Overview Robert Sanders (KCADP board member) Beatrice Six Curtis McCarty Darryl Burton Eddie Lowery Tom Goldstein … [Read more...] about Innocent Exonerees Booklet
Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation has partnered with KCADP on putting together a new resource sharing the personal stories of Kansas murder victims' families and some of their concerns about the death penalty. In this booklet, murder victims' families from across the state of Kansas share their own experiences of losing a loved one to murder and the ways … [Read more...] about New Resource Featuring the Voices of Kansas Murder Victims' Families
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? Don't worry you can … [Read more...] about The Death Penalty in Kansas…I've got Issues with that!
KCADP would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You! to Tom Goldstein, an Exoneree and Kansas native. Mr. Goldstein partnered with us here in his home state to help fight against House Bill 2389, a bill that advocates speeding up the appeals process in death penalty cases. Tom Goldstein was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to a term of 27 years to life for … [Read more...] about Thank you Mr. Goldstein!
Thank you to everyone who came yesterday to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the death penalty and invited others to attend. We had a great turnout from KCADP’s membership! Now we’re turning our attention to another critical hearing this coming week. On Tuesday, January 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the death penalty again at a hearing … [Read more...] about Action Alert: SB 257 Could Threaten Innocent Lives!
KCADP would like to thank Bill Lucero for all his time and efforts in helping raise awareness, and money, to support our campaign for abolition here in Kansas! Click here to see more about Bill's ride! He rode his bike 102.8 miles through the heat and rain yesterday - and raised nearly $2,000 for KCADP while doing so! Thank you … [Read more...] about A Successful Ride for Repeal- Thank you Bill!