14440950_338740089794337_98531383157455273_nThe Republican Liberty Caucus-Nebraska voted this weekend to oppose the death penalty and support voting to retain LB268!

“The passage of this resolution reflects a growing segment of Nebraska Republicans who recognize that the broken death penalty system can’t be fixed. Those of us who don’t trust the government with our retirement savings or healthcare, certainly can’t trust it to make life and death decisions with perfect fairness and accuracy.” Said State Senator Laura Ebke.

We are grateful to have support of the conscientious state leaders, and this move further proves the bipartisan support for ridding Nebraska of the broken death penalty system once and for all. Vote to RETAIN LB 268 to keep the death penalty out of our state!

Cp6J_ALUIAEzyJhIn a first-of-its-kind study on the cost of Nebraska’s death penalty, a respected economist concluded that the State of Nebraska would save $14.6 million annually if voters replace the death penalty with life imprisonment.

Dr. Ernie Goss, professor of economics at Creighton University, revealed the findings of his study at a  press conference Monday and detailed how the costs in capital punishment are fixed and embedded in the policy by law and the Supreme Court. In total, the report shows that keeping the death penalty costs Nebraska approximately $14.6 million annually (in 2015 dollars) above what the state’s cost for life without parole would be, and each additional death penalty arraignment costs the state almost $1.5 million.

Watch the press conference and read the full report at our Resources Page!

Photo-of-Goss-004Cost is often cited as one of the many reasons people oppose the death penalty, and we wanted to know just how expensive this broken system is here in Nebraska. To find out, we turned to Dr. Ernie Goss from Creighton University and mid-America’s economist of choice. On Monday August 13, at 9:30 am CT, Gross will host a news conference to deliver the findings of a report analyzing the costs of Nebraska’s death penalty. Join us in person or tune in for the live online broadcast of the report!

Join us for an online announcement on Monday at 9:30 am CT to learn what Dr. Goss’s research found.

Livestream link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/Cy7yMU6Pwf9

imgres-1We are thrilled to announce the official schedule for the Nebraska Journey of Hope Tour from July 15- 24! The group Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing consists of consists of murder victims family members, death row exonerees, and the family members of death row inmates. Speakers visit cities throughout the state to educate and urge Nebraskans to RETAIN the legislature’s bi-partisan vote to end our state’s death penalty. Check out the full schedule to see who will be visiting your city!

Journey of Hope… from Violence to Healing

blank penWe’re pleased to announce the winners of the “Writing against the Death Penalty” contest. The list of winners and their submissions are below.
Writers age 18 and under
Category 1: Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction
Kyleigh Murray: “The Criminals”
Category 2: Journalism, rhetoric/argument           
Julia Abraham: “We Can Erase the Death Penalty”

Writers age 19 and over
Category 3: Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction
Mark Arneson: 
“Body Surfing (at the Execution)”
Category 4: Journalism, rhetoric/argument
Christine Starr Davis: “Life Costs Less”

Each of the winners will receive a $100 prize. Thank you to everyone who entered! Many thanks also to our judges and to Fran Kaye for organizing the contest.

shaneclaiborne_lgNational bestselling Christian author and activist Shane Claiborne will be in Nebraska in June to promote his new book Executing Grace and to join the conversation about Nebraska’s death penalty leading up to this November’s ballot question. 

He will be speaking in Lincoln at South Gate United Methodist Church (3500 Pioneers Blvd) on Tuesday, June 7th There will be a first come/first serve book signing from 5:00-5:30 followed by a talk and Q&A from 5:30-7:00.

Claiborne will also be speaking in Omaha at Faith Westwood United Methodist Church (4814 Oaks Lane) on Tuesday, June 7th at 8:00, with a Q&A to follow. Copies of his new book will be available for $15.

Books will be available for $15. The event is being sponsored by Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty – there is no cost. For more information, contact Matt at 402-650-4485.’

NADP is a founding member and partner organization in Nebraskans for Public Safety (N4PS) the campaign that led the Decline to Sign effort this summer, and will work to ensure repeal is protected at the 2016 general elections. Here is the latest update from Nebraskans for Public Safety:

We have successfully laid the foundation for what will be a strong General Election campaign. Because of you, we can compete with the deep pockets of our opponents. While we are going to work tirelessly
to monitor the petition validation process to ensure that it is fair and legal, we are going to start looking ahead to the work that needs to be done in order to keep our broken death penalty where it
belongs, in the past.

This is where you come in. One way you can help us is by writing or submitting a letter to the editor to your local paper. We are in need of letters to the editor every week in every paper across this state. We are willing to help draft the letters and assist your supporters
in whatever way necessary.

In addition to letters, we are going to begin collecting hundreds of personal stories of why Nebraskans are opposed to the death penalty. We would like these stories to come from all across the state. We will create a central hub for our stories through our website where Nebraskans can go to read about why the death penalty is broken and the pain it causes so many who become ensnared in the system.  Stay tuned for more information about how you can share your story.

Finally, we are looking for strong volunteers to step up and serve as “County Captains” for our general election campaign. The County Campaign will help us in three main areas:

Serve as a central location to mail campaign materials when necessary. Research community organizations, leaders, and groups that might be willing to join our effort and passing our campaign message along to them. Monitor their local papers and report any stories and LTEs relating to our issues to the campaign. This will ensure we have eyes and ears on the ground to respond immediately to any false claims made by our opponents.   Please email us at matt@nadp.net if you would like more information, or want to sign up with help with letters to the editor and/or becoming a County Captain.

A lawsuit filed last week says the ballot initiative process to try
to undo death penalty repeal didn’t properly identify the leaders
behind the effort and thus the ballot initiative  isn’t valid.

“Petition signers should have been told the “true and actual
sponsors” of the referendum drive because it could have influenced
their decision, the lawsuit says. It also argues that Ricketts used
his title as governor to raise money in letters to residents over the

Read the full article here.

This Buzzfeed story has the latest in the ongoing saga over attempts
to illegally import executions drugs into our state:

“Nebraska ordered more than $50,000 of sodium thiopental and other
execution drugs from a distributor in India named Chris Harris in
May. The Food and Drug Administration has consistently maintained
that importing the drug would be illegal, but the state has shown
every intention of moving forward regardless. The FDA says it will
not allow the drug into the U.S.”

Richard Glossip is the Oklahoma death row inmate who was scheduled to be executed September 16th but received a last minute stay due to the many troubling questions in his case.  Read this letter from a variety of community leaders explaining the troubling details of his case, including Barry Switzer, head football coach at the University of Oklahoma.

“The writers of this letter have a wide range of professional
backgrounds and political perspectives. But we share a deep concern
about the integrity of the criminal justice system in Oklahoma and
throughout the United States. We are particularly concerned about the
danger of executing an innocent man. Could that really happen? In the
United States, in 2015?

Yes, it could.”

Read the whole letter here.