Kansas remains one of the 31 states where the death penalty is a legal form of punishment. The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty- a diverse group of organizations from across the state- is hoping to change that. Winning Connections collaborated with KCADP to pressure lawmakers to support HB2167, which would repeal capital punishment and replace it with life without parole.
At a recent hearing for HB2167, arguments against capital punishment came from a wide array of political viewpoints. Both conservative and progressive experts explained why the death penalty is bad public policy. Overall, it costs the taxpayers millions, threatens those who are wrongfully convicted, robs victims of the opportunity for reconciliation, and violates the principals of limited government.
Although the bill was not brought up for a committee vote- KCADP will continue the fight to abolish the death penalty and move the state of Kansas forward.