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LWV of Kansas Criminal Justice Position Update

Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 7:00 PM
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Weigh in on the LWV Kansas
Updated Criminal Justice Position

Join us Tuesday, Jan. 5, to review proposed changes to LWV of Kansas’ Criminal Justice position.

Official League positions can get outdated. Modernizing them doesn’t require starting over with original research, writing new documents, and getting member input — known as “consensus.” Instead, we can piggyback on other Leagues’ research – known as “concurrence.” That’s how LWVK proposes updating its 1976 Criminal Justice position. Although that position addresses both “Adult Corrections” and “Juvenile Corrections and Services,” the proposed changes only address adult corrections, including public safety practices, pretrial procedure, sentencing, and the death penalty.

LWVK’s proposed revised position focuses on integrating adult offenders back into the community. It draws on California, Minnesota and other state League positions.

Key points include: 

  • A “Bill of Rights” for offenders, ranging from personal security to legal counsel

  • Developing alternatives to incarceration, including the elimination of systemic bias, that leads to the disproportionate arrest and incarceration of marginalized communities

  • Collaboration between citizens and community-based social and mental health agencies

  • Improving public safety practices, such as de-escalation protocols

  • Providing adequate resources, such as funding and skilled personnel

  • Abolition of the death penalty in Kansas

Read the background documents.

At 7:00 pm on Jan 5, join the Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 916 7981 2094
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