NADP Executive Director Stephen GriffithThe Board of Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty has announced that Rev. Stephen Griffith will become Executive Director of the organization. Rev. Griffith, a life-long Nebraskan, has served United Methodist congregations in Hardy, Bertrand, Loomis, Lexington, Osceola, Omaha, and Lincoln. His ministerial career concluded in June after 13 years serving Saint Paul United Methodist in downtown Lincoln.

“The voices of faith leaders have been important as Nebraskans realize that the death penalty is a broken system that fails to provide justice,” said Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Board President Laurel Johnson. “Since 1981, it has been NADP’s mission to have a conversation with all Nebraskans about this failed experiment. We are thrilled that Rev. Griffith will be talking to Nebraskans about why alternatives to the death penalty makes the most sense for taxpayers and for public safety as well as the broad support of death penalty alternatives from faith leaders.”

“It was 32 years ago that I first spoke publicly about the sacredness of all life and the ineffectiveness of the death penalty,” said Rev. Griffith. “I may have retired from the pulpit but my lifelong work is to carry a message of compassion and hope. While my support of death penalty alternatives comes from my faith and belief that God can work in the life of every person, I’m excited to join with other Nebraskans who oppose the death penalty for many reasons: faith, the waste of taxpayer dollars and the harm it does to victims’ families. In many roles I’ve brought together and leaders from business, health care, education, human service organizations, neighborhoods, state, city and county government. I believe most Nebraskans already understand that Nebraska’s death penalty is unworkable. I’m excited to continue the conversation about smart alternatives that NADP has been having for over three decades.”

Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty seeks a dynamic and collaborative Executive Director to educate the public about the need to reject the death penalty in Nebraska.

The Executive Director will serve as the primary spokesperson for NADP, conducting outreach and public engagement with forums, panels, and rallies. Responsibilities will include collaborating with partner organizations, conducting day-to-day administrative activities, managing a small staff, and engaging NADP members across the state.

Candidates for the position of Executive Director should have a profound commitment to social justice, a passion for ending the death penalty and the communication skills to effectively convey to the public and a variety of important constituencies the mission, vision, program and activities of NADP.

The salary range begins at $38,000 and adjusted upwards to level of experience. There is a health stipend but no insurance benefits.

To learn more about the work of NADP, visit

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications should include a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and the name of three references. Email your resume to:

NADP is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, veterans, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Vote board on the motion to override the Governor's veto of death penalty repeal.

Vote board on the motion to override the Governor’s veto of death penalty repeal.

We did it! After overcoming two filibusters and a veto, the Nebraska Unicameral voted 30-19 to repeal the death penalty. A tremendous thank you to the thousands of people who brought us to this moment after decades of hard work.

Please take a moment to thank your Senator for their repeal support!

Then follow-up with a handwritten thank you note for added effect. There is nothing more touching than a personal thank you. These 30 Senators deserve to hear congratulatory messages from their dedicated constituents!

Media coverage

People across the country are taking notice of the landmark victory in Nebraska! We’ve received mountains of positive press, in both Nebraska and around the globe. Check out some of the great articles below:

“Nebraska’s death penalty is repealed” – Lincoln Journal Star

“Hansen: One Nebraska state senator’s long, hard journey from death penalty backer to execution opponent” – Omaha World Herald

“How America’s Death Penalty Ends” – Politco

“Bipartisan effort ends death penalty in Nebraska” – National Catholic Reporter

“Nebraska vote ‘signals death knell’ for US capital punishment” – The Telegraph (UK)

“Nebraska becomes first conservative state in 40 years to repeal the death penalty” –Mother Jones

“Nebraska bans death penalty, defying a veto” – New York Times