End State’s Use of Capital Punishment

Say No to the Execution of Leon Taylor!

Target: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts

Goal: Abolish the state death penalty.

Criminals will no longer be subjected to heinous execution in Nebraska if a proposal being discussed in the state’s legislature becomes law. The death penalty is an archaic and cruel tool that the government has no business inflicting. Demand that this proposal be signed into law at once.

Capital punishment is a practice that is falling increasingly out of favor by Americans around the country. Many opponents argue that the state has no moral right to kill a person for committing a crime, and point to multiple cases of people being found guilty in a court of law and consequently executed only to be exonerated after their death as justification for the practice’s repeal. To date, 18 states and the District of Columbia have banned its use, and now Nebraska is trying to join the ranks.

Nebraska legislators are set to vote in favor of repealing the state’s death penalty, sending their bill on to Governor Pete Ricketts for a final decision. Unfortunately, Governor Ricketts is a staunch supporter of execution, and will likely veto it. Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Ricketts approve this bill and finally ban the use of capital punishment in his state.


Dear Governor Ricketts,

I am writing you today regarding your state’s continuing use of the death penalty. Though I am pleased to note that you have not executed anyone in over 15 years, that does not mean that you should not take steps to ban the practice officially.

Though many people disagree on the moral soundness of capital punishment, one thing that is unequivocally true is that it is much, much more expensive than its oft-cited alternative, life imprisonment without possibility of parole. This may seem counterintuitive—how can it be more expensive to kill a criminal than to keep them alive in prison for the rest of their lives until they die of natural causes?—but a wealth of economic analyses have borne this fact out.

It’s more expensive because sentencing criminals to death inevitably brings with it decades of appeals—appeals that the state has to foot the bill for. Regardless of how you consider the morality of the death penalty, you have to concede that from a fiscal standpoint, the practice is entirely impractical.

As a Republican, you understand the necessity of fiscal sense and economic conservatism. If you are going to use that sense in your governorship of Nebraska, it only makes sense to ban capital punishment. Thankfully, your state’s legislature will soon send you a bill that will do just that. I demand that you sign it into law and officially repeal the death penalty in your state.


[Your Name Here]

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