CHEYENNE – Leaders from a dozen states, including Wyoming, will gather Sept. 6-8 in New Orleans to discuss the growing movement of conservatives and Republican state legislators who believe the death penalty violates the basic tenets of their beliefs.

“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,” Kylie Taylor, the new Wyoming state coordinator for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, said in a news release.

Across the country, 166 individuals have been freed from state death rows due to wrongful convictions.

“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, in the release. “We will be discussing best practices in educating the public, as well as lawmakers, in their states.”

The first national meeting of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty will take place at Le Pavillon Hotel, 833 Poydras St. in New Orleans. For more information, contact Jon Crane at 860-255-7524 or email

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