Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Kansas Legislature Makes Progress Toward Repeal

On Friday, the Kansas Senate Judiciary committee voted 7-4 for a bill that would repeal the death penalty for crimes committed after July 1. The bill replaces the death penalty with the crime of aggravated murder which comes with a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole. The bi-partisan vote in the Judiciary sends the bill to the full Senate for discussion.

The movement in Kansas on this issue reflects a growing trend across the nation with states acknowledging that the death penalty is a failed public policy which is extremely costly, ineffective, and does not best serve the real needs of surviving family members of murder or the community. We expect to see more promising developments in other states as legislative sessions get underway.

Read more here.
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