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An ACLU of Kansas original blog series dedicated to Smart Justice, Clemency, and Justice Reform.​​​​​

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The Stone Catchers

Near the end of the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, author and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson encounters a woman he had often noticed sitting in the courtroom.

December 10, 2020 Smart Justice Reform

The Women Left Behind

Four of our women clemency clients between them have started a hospice program, worked in the dog training program, and completed dozens of classes. They all deserve consideration for release. They deserve justice.

November 16, 2021 Smart Justice Reform

Clemency Q&A with Sharon Brett, Legal Director

Last year, the ACLU of Kansas launched the Clemency Project, and we’ve filed 108 applications for Clemency with Governor Kelly’s Office. Sharon Brett, Legal Director at the ACLU of Kansas, answers frequently asked questions about the project.

June 15, 2021 Smart Justice Reform

Petition of the Week: May 24-28

Ronald Pursley, 63, is slated for release on October 25, 2021. At the time of his application last year, he’d suffered from congestive heart failure and heart attack history, and his health has worsened since then. Despite these challenges, the warden last month denied his application for release.

May 28, 2021 Smart Justice Reform

Petition of the Week: May 10th-14th

In November, not long after 52-year-old Shane Haynes arrived at the Winfield Correctional Facility, he began experiencing headaches and numbness on his left side. He was taken to the Winfield Hospital where staff found a blood clot on the right side of his brain.

May 10, 2021 Smart Justice Reform