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Nebraska's Neighbors Move Toward Abolition

In the past two weeks, our neighbors in both South Dakota and Kansas have taken important first steps toward abolishing the failed death penalty system in their states. To the north, South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is currently mounting a repeal effort in South Dakota’s 2014 legislative session. SDADP’s director, Deacon Denny Davis, believes that recent executions, the first in the state in decades, have brought much-needed attention to the debate. He sees an opportunity to bring more people and support to their effort to repeal the death penalty in South Dakota. Davis, who lived in South Sioux City, NE before his retirement, became the director of South Dakotans for Alt

Troy Davis Panel Discussion 1/28

NADP will participate in a discussion panel on the death penalty next Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the City Campus Union at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The panel discussion will focus in part on the case of Troy Davis, who was executed by the state of Georgia on September 21, 2011. Due to overwhelming doubt about Davis’ guilt, the story of his execution ignited protests worldwide and has since become iconic in the fight to abolish the death penalty. NADP will share current information about the death penalty in Nebraska during the event, alongside Christy Hargesheimer, the state death penalty coordinator for Amnesty International, and Charles Holm, an MA student in History at UNL. Find

Ongoing Coverage of the Beatrice 6

In 2009, six Nebraskans were pardoned after spending a collective 70 years in prison for a murder that they didn’t commit. The Beatrice Six case is a shocking example of wrongful conviction based on faulty forensics and false confessions, mistakes that caused irreparable damage to the lives of six innocent people. Worst of all, each of the surviving members of the Beatrice Six testified that they were threatened with the death penalty in order to pressure them to confess. Now, the Beatrice Six are back in U.S. District Court to continue to offer evidence that their false confessions were the result of misconduct and psychological manipulation. Read the ongoing coverage of the case below: “Ex

Join us at the Urban Abbey on 1/30!

Join us in Omaha next Thursday, January 30, at 6:30 pm for a free screening of the documentary “One for Ten” and the opportunity to help support death penalty repeal in Nebraska. Since 1976, 143 innocent people have been released from death row in the United States. This means that for every 10 executions carried out in the U.S., 1 innocent person who was sentenced to death has been set free. We’ll be at the Urban Abbey, 1026 Jackson St. in the Old Market, next week to show “One for Ten,” a new mini-documentary series about innocence on death row, and to talk about our work for death penalty repeal in Nebraska. We will have postcards on hand for people to contact their state senators and get

Lincoln Journal-Star Calls for Repeal

In case you missed it, the Lincoln Journal Star published a fantastic editorial on December 31 laying out the reasons why they are opposed to the death penalty in Nebraska. Read the whole editorial here. The Journal Star’s editorial was followed up by some fantastic letters from supporters of death penalty repeal, who pointed out the many flaws with Nebraska’s death penalty system. Check out some of the great responses to the editorial here and here. Can you help us out by writing letters to the editor of your local paper? Consider becoming a part of the new NADP Buzz Corps!

#NErepeal Tweet Chat FAQ

Not quite sure how to participate in the upcoming #NErepeal TweetChat this Thursday? Here are answers to some of the more Frequently Asked Questions: 1. What is a TweetChat? A TweetChat is a way for thousands of people to participate in an online discussion about a given topic. The entire conversation takes place on Twitter, with one account acting as a “moderator.” For the #NErepeal TweetChat, NADP will moderate with its Twitter account, @N_A_D_P. @N_A_D_P will tweet questions for discussion, and anyone can respond. All questions will include the hashtag #NErepeal, and all responses should also include the hashtag. This will allow anyone to follow the entire conversation by searching the h

Help us Prepare for 2014!

We hope that you are as excited about the past year as we are! Together, we made serious strides toward repealing the death penalty in Nebraska and promoting the alternative of a fairer, more responsible justice system. We only have a few days to prepare for the 2014 legislative session and the challenges it will bring. During the 2013 legislative session, we came as close as ever to repealing the death penalty in Nebraska for good. In fact, a majority of Senators from across the political spectrum supported a bill to replace the death penalty with life without parole! With your help, we can overcome the last-ditch efforts of opponents and abolish the death penalty in 2014! Throughout the ye

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