We believe justice cannot survive in Kansas unless our courts are fair, independent, and open to all. We’re speaking up to protect Kansans’ trust in our judicial system and to provide access to independent information on judicial performance.
Keeping Our Courts Fair and Independent
Together with the Kansans for Fair Courts coalition, Kansas Appleseed defeated proposed legislation that would have ended the merit selection of justices in Kansas and defended the independence of our state’s judicial system. Our research and advocacy convinced the city of Lawrence to repeal their jail fees ordinance and forgive $700,000 in accumulated unpaid fees.
We also provided tens of thousands of Kansas voters with independent information and professional evaluations leading up to the 2016 judicial retention elections. Learn more at kansasjudgereview.org.
Together with the Kansans for Smart Justice coalition, we are pushing for comprehensive criminal justice reform in Kansas. Visit docoforjailalternatives.org for more information about alternatives to jail expansion in Douglas County.
In the News
The Kansas Bar Association on judicial selection:
"Leading Groups Urge Voters: Protect Fair Courts, Make Informed Choice in Judicial Election."
The Topeka Capitol-Journal on the Kansans for Smart Justice coalition:
"Kansans for Smart Justice pushing for criminal justice reform: Agenda focuses on reducing incarceration, improving recidivism prevention services." Read more