Yesterday I penned a guest post for US Daily Review on the ongoing Republican effort to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. I wrote,
Conservative and Republican leaders in Nebraska are leading an effort to become the first ‘red state’ to repeal the death penalty in the modern era. On April 16th, the unicameral legislature voted 30-13 in support of LB-268, which would repeal capital punishment and replace it with life without parole.
Seventeen Republicans voted with the majority. They came from a variety of perspectives and affiliations, but their core principles – limited government, fiscal responsibility, and respect for life – united them in shared concerns about the death penalty. Rather than make us safer, they believe capital punishment has proven to be a costly government program prone to error and abuse.
I also said,
More than ever, conservatives recognize that the criminal justice system must hold individuals accountable, protect the innocent, be responsive to victims’ needs, spend taxpayer dollars responsibly, and be effective in reducing crime. We cannot turn a blind eye as the death penalty consistently falls short of these goals.