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
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
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
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!
In 1994 when the Legislature was debating the reinstatement of the Kansas death penalty, proponents kept saying the tragedy of murder had to lead to another death via execution. Murder victim family member Bill Lucero visited legislators and told them that it did not need to end that way. He told the House Federal and State Affairs Committee in January 1994 ”The death … [Read more...] about Murder: It doesn’t have to end with another death
On Oct. 13th, after proceedings in Wyandotte County District court, Lamonte McIntyre was released from custody after serving 23 years on charges of murdering two persons. The District Attorney agreed to the release calling it a case of "manifest injustice". McIntyre became the second person released in Kansas in two years due to exoneration after being convicted of first … [Read more...] about McIntyre case gives reason to pause
Celeste Dixon was originally a weak supporter of the death penalty. She lost her mom, Marguerite, to murder in Texas. What kept her going after her mom’s death was the promise of a trial and that they were seeking the death penalty. Celeste attended the trial every day because she wanted the defendant to see the people left behind and their anger and rage. After the guilty … [Read more...] about Not in MY Name!
I became an advocate at the invitation of someone who was already involved in this important work. Whether you share your personal experience of commitment to abolition or express your financial support of the cause, you can help grow the movement. There are many opportunities and examples of how individuals can quietly – but effectively – share their dedication to … [Read more...] about Spreading the Word by Carolyn Zimmerman
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Annual Abolition Conference, as well as, Vicki's other speaking events at Benedictine College and Pittsburg State University! KCADP would like to especially Thank to Vicki Schieber and family for making the trip to Kansas! Also, don't forget to click here and download all the materials presented at the Abolition Conference! … [Read more...] about Thank you Vicki Schieber!
This event is FREE and OPEN to the public! Mark your calendars for October 19th and join us for our 2013 Abolition Conference at First Christian Church of Topeka, located at 1880 SW Gage Blvd., in Topeka! Pre-Register today by calling our office at 785-235-2237! Come and Listen to Vicki Schieber, the mother of Shannon Schieber, who was … [Read more...] about 2013 Abolition Conference