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Jun 07

The Death Penalty in Kansas

Posted on June 7, 2021 at 10:03 AM by Bill Sowers

The death penalty (i.e. capital punishment) has been debated within the halls of the State Capitol (and elsewhere) for many years.  We offer here a handful of documents held by the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library issued within the past 90 years with an emphasis on the 21st century.

Message from Governor Woodring to House of Representatives, March 14, 1931

Capital punishment in Kansas [1966]
published by Office of Director of Penal Institutions

Costs incurred for death penalty cases : a K-GOAL audit of the Department of Corrections [2003]
Legislative Division of Post Audit

Report of the Kansas Judicial Council Death Penalty Advisory Committee on Certain Issues Related to the Death Penalty [2004 November]

Legislative Committee Reports to the 2004 Kansas Legislature
On page 131 of 327 within the document is commentary on capital punishment and intellectual disabilities.
On page 169 of 327 within the document is a short statement on capital punishment by the Budget Committee

The Death Penalty, From Kleypas to Marsh [2005]
by Jill Ann Wolters and Diana Lee, Office of Revisor of Statutes

Report of the Kansas Judicial Council Death Penalty Advisory Committee [2009]

Report of the Judicial Council Death Penalty Advisory Committee, 2014

Testimony in opposition to Senate Substitute for House Bill 2389 [2014]
by Roger Werholtz

Death Penalty in Kansas [2017]
Report by the Legislative Research Department 
found in 2017 "Kansas Legislator Briefing Book," page 110 of 252, Section G-3

Death Penalty in Kansas [2020]
Report by Legislative Research Department
found in 2020 "Kansas Legislator Briefing Book," page 199 of 384, Section H-4