Democratic attorney general candidates Margaret Donnelly and Jeff Harris reiterated their support of the death penalty, but both candidates said more safeguards need to be put in place to keep mistakes from killing innocent people.
During a debate/discussion with Kansas City Star political reporter Steve Kraske today on KCUR, Harris and Donnelly said more money needs to be pumped into the public defender system.
Harris said he was for the use of DNA technology to free those who are wrongly convicted and "I would advocate for use of increased funding for capital defenders, and the public defender system.
"We have to make it the most just system possible."
Ms. Donnelly said that "for certain heinous crimes, the death penalty is an appropriate punishment. Our public defender system has adequate time and adequate access to DNA evidence. If you have the resources in the justice system, then you can be working to make sure the mistakes are not made."