Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty


Kansas

Kansas reinstated the death penalty in 1994. Errors, high costs, and delay have plagued the system ever since. A number of Kansas Republicans and conservatives, in response to this broken system, have joined efforts to repeal the death penalty. Their reasons include its high cost, concerns over executing an innocent person, and the contradiction between the death penalty and a culture of life. More and more Kansas conservatives are voicing frustrations and concerns about the death penalty, joining a growing chorus of conservatives around the country.

 

What Kansas Conservatives are Saying

“If we, as conservatives, are serious about cutting costs and promoting a culture of life, then our position on the death penalty is a no-brainer. Repeal it.”

Chase Blasi, Former President of Colwich City Council and Board Member of the Kansas Young Republicans

 

“The concern I have about the death penalty is that government can determine value of life and can decide to end it or sustain it…. God determines the value of each of us.”

Former Republican State Representative Anthony Brown

 

“America’s system of capital punishment is not only a fiscally liberal bridge to nowhere – it is a bridge built from the crooked timber of humanity.”

Ian Huyett, President of the Kansas State Young Americans for Liberty (2011-2012)

 

“Given the challenges that local and state budgets are facing, it does not make fiscal sense to keep the death penalty. A handful of capital cases cost taxpayers millions of dollars but do nothing to make us safer. Life in prison without parole is a proven alternative to the death penalty that is less expensive and, most importantly, more in line with promoting a culture of life.”

Trey Joy, Mayor of Smith Center and Board Member of the Kansas Young Republicans

 

“I would prefer that Kansas repeals the death penalty and replaces it with life in prison without parole rather than try to expedite executions. As someone who is strongly committed to protecting life from conception to natural death, I want to be sure that Kansas passes legislation that promotes a culture of life.”

Republican State Representative Bill Sutton

 

“By a two-thirds majority vote, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Kansas passed a resolution to replace the death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole. I’m proud that we endorsed this position. Given the government’s history and real potential of abusing the power to execute – most evident when an innocent citizen faces a death sentence – we simply should not give government this power.”

Dave Thomas, Chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Kansas

 

“The Kansas Federation of College Republicans, representing every major university in the state and many other postsecondary institutions, unanimously voted as an organization … to oppose the death penalty in Kansas and call for its repeal…. We simply cannot support a policy that would endanger even one innocent life.”

Dalton Glasscock, Chairman of the Kansas Federation of College Republicans

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