In the last few weeks there has been a lot of momentum toward abolishing the death penalty in Kansas.
At the March 15th hearing on the death penalty, several murder victim family members spoke to the committee about the need to abolish the death penalty in Kansas.
Kristi Smith, a KCADP board member, spoke to the committee about losing her father to violent crime. This Topeka Capital Journal story follows Kristi’s story and the impact that her father’s murder has had on her life.
More recently, Pittsburg State University hosted two speakers on March 30th who called for an end to the death penalty.
Rob Warden, the executive director of the Center on Wrongful Conviction, and Sr. Helen Prejean, of “Dead Man Walking” fame visited Pittsburg and spoke at separate events at Pittsburg State University on March 30th.
This Pittsburg Morning Sun article covered both speakers and their calls for Kansas to abolish the death penalty.