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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center


This year, Nebraskans will be asked to eliminate or keep the death penalty. State lawmakers abolished capital punishment in 2015, but a successful petition initiative has brought the issue directly to voters on the November general election ballot. On October 25th, as part of the Thomas C. Sorensen Policy Seminar Series, state Senators Colby Coash and Beau McCoy – leading figures in the pro and anti-repeal movements – debated the pros and cons of the death penalty in Nebraska. Held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus student union and moderated by Fred Knapp of NET News, the event included short presentations by the senators, but was primarily an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the senators. Approximately 100 students and community members were in attendance.

If you were unable to attend, but interested in the event, a complete audio recording is available.

This event was co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, UNL Center for Civic Engagement, UNL Department of Political Science, UNL College of Arts and Sciences, and UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The debate received coverage from the Lincoln Journal Star, Channel 8 News (KLKN-TV), and the Daily Nebraskan.


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