Death Penalty Hearings Continued At Statehouse

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee continued its hearing on a proposal to do away with the state's death penalty.

They began hearing testimony last week on the bill which would replace capital punishment with a sentence of life in prison with no parole.

Proponents of abolishing the Kansas death penalty point to its inconsistencies and the high number of minorities facing death.

"Give deep thought to the fact that number one, if there is a person put to death there is no recourse for that person. So Senator King and others I pray you get it right," Rev. Ben Scott.

Kansas hasn't put a person to death since 1965. No one has been executed since the sentence was reinstated in 1994. The state currently has nine men on death row.