Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is taking aim at the group mounting a petition drive to put the death penalty up to a vote next year.
“Morally speaking, I don’t have a problem with the death penalty in theory,” Executive Director Stacey Anderson explains. “The problem is I don’t trust the government to fill potholes or take care of my health care, why am I trusting the government to make sure they have the right person when we’ve seen 153 times across this country innocent people have been released from death row. That’s not the system working. That is hard working volunteers and lawyers working to try and discover innocence.”
Anderson says a recent poll shows 58% of all Nebraskans prefer alternatives to the death penalty, due to costs and the fear of executing an innocent person.
State legislators approved LB 268, repeal of the death penalty, on a 32-15 vote. They then overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto on a 30-19 vote. Supporters of capital punishment quickly formed an organization to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.
Nebraskans for the Death Penalty began a petition drive to get the issue before voters.
Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty plans to hold public forums to spread their message and hope more people agree that this is something the state doesn’t need.
Meanwhile, Nebraskans For the Death Penalty opened offices in Omaha and Lincoln where people can sign petitions or sign up to circulate them in an effort to get the issue on the ballot and have Nebraska voters decide whether the state has capital punishment or not.