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Recent Opinion Piece Examines Problems of the Death Penalty

Charles Ogletree Jr., a Harvard Law Professor, recently wrote an opinion piece about the death penalty for the Washington Post. In his piece, Ogletree emphasized an inherent lack of human dignity in death penalty cases by sharing some powerful statistics. “A new study by Robert J. Smith, Sophie Cull and Zoë Robinson, published in Hastings Law Journal, of the social histories of 100 people executed during 2012 and 2013 showed that the vast majority of executed offenders suffered from one or more significant cognitive and behavioral deficits.” According to Ogletree, the mental health of individuals facing the death penalty is often swept aside or ignored completely. Ogletree writes, “One-third

A Broken System

Last week, a federal judge in California ruled that California’s death penalty is unconstitutional. In Judge Cormac Carney’s opinion, he wrote, “Inordinate and unpredictable delay has resulted in a death penalty system in which very few of the hundreds of individuals sentenced to death have been, or even will be, executed by the state.” Carney’s ruling was based on the inefficiency of the death penalty system. For justice to be effective, it must be swift. The death penalty is not swift, but rather a long-winded, misguided process. The delays are “inordinate and unpredictable,” which Carney said violates the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment tenet. As we know, the death penal

Coming to a Faith Community near You

NADP continues to work towards the end of the death penalty in Nebraska. Death Penalty Faithful Reflections are a crucial piece of this work. These Faithful Reflections are planned events with faith communities to promote conversation about the death penalty in these communities and encourage members of faith communities to become active in NADP’s network of repeal supporters. These events can take many forms. From film screenings and small group discussions, to educational tabling, each event will encourage thoughtful discussion about the repeal movement while encouraging congregants to connect with NADP’s work. Every local community is important, so we need people from around the state wh

Goodbye Tim, Welcome Sarah!

For the last year we’ve have the great fortune of having Tim Lundy on our team as a field organizer. Tim is moving on at the end of the month to pursue a PhD in English at Columbia University. He will be missed, but we are tremendously grateful for all he has given NADP and the repeal effort during his time with us. You may best know Tim as the author of our bi-weekly e-blasts. He has taken the lead on this project – with both the writing and technology – and surpassed our hopes! But he’s also done so much more. Tim helped organize speaking tours with speakers like death row exoneree Curtis McCarty and Dead Man Walking author Sr. Helen Prejean. Before the getting to spend time with the

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