NC needs to take note: Conservative Nebraska repeals death penalty

When conservative lawmakers in red state Nebraska recognize the death penalty has no place in modern society, the writing is on the wall - capital punishment is on borrowed time.

As today's editorial in the Charlotte Observer notes, Nebraska is arguably more conservative than Texas - and certainly more red than North Carolina.

“Conservatives in North Carolina are coming to the same conclusions that Republican lawmakers in Nebraska reached,” said Ballard Everett, state coordinator for N.C. Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. “The death penalty is a costly, inefficient government program. We know government makes mistakes, and when it comes to granting the state the power to kill its citizens, the risk is too high.”

NC lawmakers should follow Nebraska's lead and recognize our state no longer needs a punishment that threatens the innocent, costs millions, and takes decades to carry out.