CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming members of a conservative group opposed to the death penalty will participate in a Sept. 6-8 national conference in New Orleans.
The group is called “Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.” The national meeting will be the organization’s first.
“Leaders from a dozen states, including Wyoming, will be gathering to discuss the growing movement of conservatives and Republican state legislators who believe the death penalty violates the basic tenets of their beliefs,” an announcement from the Wyoming chapter states.
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Wyoming also has a new state coordinator for their chapter of the “Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.” Her name is Kylie Taylor.
“’Ending the death penalty aligns perfectly with my conservative beliefs because it reduces costs to taxpayers, it is consistent with valuing life, and it eliminates the risk of executing innocent people,'” Taylor said.
Part of the group’s concern is the number of death row convictions that have been overturned.
“Across the country 166 individuals have been freed from state death rows due to wrongful convictions,” they said.
“‘These grassroots conservatives are the driving force behind a change in thinking that has been taking place in red state legislatures in recent years,’ said Hannah Cox, National Manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. ‘We will be discussing best practices in educating the public, as well as lawmakers, in their states.'”
The national meeting will take place at Le Pavillon Hotel, located at 833 Poydras Street in New Orleans.
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