NADP Field Organizer Hits the Road

Carla says, “meet me for coffee!” Many of you were introduced to NADP’s new Field Organizer, Carla Stromberg, in a previous update. Now that she has settled into her work here in Lincoln, she is heading out on a week-long road trip to meet some of our supporters in western Nebraska. She has planned stops in Harrison, Alliance, Sidney, and Grand Island. Carla is already excited about the people she will be connecting with on her trip. “In Harrison and Crawford, I’ll be meeting with Father Berger, and in Sidney with Father Faesser, my mom’s parish priest, in connection with the work of the Nebraska Catholic Conference. The Conference has a long history of social action against capital punishme

Innocence Must Matter

US Supreme Court agrees to hear case requesting DNA tests On Monday, May 24, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Hank Skinner, a death row inmate from Texas. Skinner, who came within minutes of being executed in March, has long been requesting that Texas perform a DNA test that he claims will show his innocence. This case will offer an opportunity for the Court to expand access to DNA testing and, possibly more importantly, to again address the issue of actual innocence in death penalty cases. In another case where a defendant, Troy Davis, has long claimed to be innocent of the crime for which he is facing death, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia claimed that the highest court

Death Row Special Fund

It started with an appeal for typewriters from the men on death row. The machines had to be very specific, prison-approved typewriters, so NADP established a special fund to collect money to buy a few typewriters. Then money was needed for typewriter ribbons. Later we established a fund for a subscription to the Omaha World Herald. The subscription is in one man’s name, but it is shared with everyone on the row. Many visitors to the men have noted that the typewriters, ink supplies, and newspapers are greatly appreciated by the prisoners. They make extensive use of their typewriters for correspondence, legal appeals, and even writing poetry. When the subscription to the newspaper expires, it

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

While we know how much you love reading our updates, we thought it might be nice to share something with you that is a little easier on the eyes. Below is a cartoon we thought you might enjoy! Ignorance was blitz – Apr 11, 2010 (Originally appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star) Used with permission. For more cartoons by Neal Obermeyer, please visit

New Science to Right Old Wrongs

Amy Miller’s report from the 2010 Innocence Network Conference in Atlanta, GA Mid month, I attended the Innocence Network conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a gathering of attorneys, investigators, and activists who work to free innocent people from prison. At one point, I was seated in a room with 82 men and women who had all been wrongfully convicted. Some had been on death row. Others, like the “Beatrice 6” here at home, had been sentenced to a term of years after being threatened with execution. There were 5 women. There was almost a 50/50 split between black and white. Some had been convicted on faulty eyewitness testimony, some on junk science, and some on honest mistakes by law e

Identifying Crime Victim Support Services in Nebraska

NADP joined in recognizing Nation Crime Victims’ Rights Week As many of you may know, Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty joined with the many organizations and individuals who observed National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) from April 18 to 24, 2010. As a part of that week we called on you, our supporters, to help us in identifying the various service programs that are available to the family members of homicide victims here in Nebraska. We want to thank everyone who participated with us! As we travel around the state talking with people about the death penalty, we often come into contact with individuals who have lost a loved one to homicide. We recognize the unique and u

By Chair or Needle, Executions Have Cost

April 16, 2010 | By Robert Nelson Several weeks ago, I got a call from Win Barber, an official with the Nebraska Department of Corrections, who said he was updating a list he had from a few years ago. It was the list of public witnesses for Nebraska’s next execution. “Are you still willing to be a witness?” he asked. I paused. Stuttered a bit. In my head, answers flew by: “Yes,” “No,” “Hell, no,” “I have a dentist’s appointment that day,” “I probably should,” “I can’t handle it,” “Maybe,” “Go away,” “Who names their kid ‘Win’?” “Yes, I’ll do it,” I finally answered. “I should see it if my state does it.” That also had been my thought nearly three years ago, when I agreed to witness the elect


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