Kansas College Republicans want repeal of the state’s death penalty

A statewide organization of College Republicans announced today it is seeking the repeal of the Kansas death penalty.

“We believe in promoting a culture of life from conception to natural death,” said Dalton Glasscock, chairman of the Kansas Federation of College Republicans. “The effort is to make a more consistent policy — that we do stand for all life.”

While conservatives traditionally have supported some uses of capital punishment, the organization’s resolution called on the Republican Party to “protect all life where it can, and never take a life when it is unnecessary or when it can be avoided.”

The death penalty is no longer needed because of the options of life without parole and solitary confinement, the resolution said, and the punishment’s administration has become “secretive work with questionable methods.”

Glasscock said his generation is the most pro-life, anti-death penalty generation in Amreican history, and that it was time for young people to make an impact on the party’s stance on the issue.

“We want to get some momentum behind the idea because it’s something we’re passionate about,” Glasscock said.

The Kansas Republican Party’s platform is neutral on the death penalty. Although the death penalty was reinstated in Kansas in the 1990s, it hasn’t been used for decades.

The resolution was announced today but was passed unanimously by chapter representatives in July. The federation has College Republican chapters at the University of Kansas, Kansas State, Wichita State, Pittsburg State and several other colleges.

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