Earlier this year Creighton University Economics Professor Ernie Goss released a report that says Nebraska’s death penalty costs taxpayers $14.6-million a year. Attorney General Doug Peterson supports the death penalty and has criticized the study claiming the costs are incorrect. Goss is standing by those figures and asked Peterson to publically debate him on the costs of the death penalty. Goss says he got this response, “The reply was well, he is confident that the Nebraska citizens will make the right decision on Election Day.”
Goss says he got his data from the U.S. Justice Department as reported by the counties and state agencies in Nebraska. He has no idea where Peterson got his data. Goss adds that he is not taking a position on the death penalty. He says he is a policy analyst and not a policy advocate and he just looked at the economics of having a death penalty on the books.
Goss adds, “I certainly didn’t take a position on the death penalty. I’m a policy analyst, not a policy advocate. I looked at the economics of it. I’m certainly not a theologian, ethicist or a politician.”