Peru State to host forum on LB 268 and lifting the 2015 ban on the death penalty in Nebraska.

Peru State to host forum on LB 268 and lifting the 2015 ban on the death penalty in Nebraska.

October 7, 2016, 3:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429


Peru, Nebraska- Speakers from Retain a Just Nebraska and Nebraskans for the Death Penalty have been invited to the forum hosted on the Peru State Campus on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. The forum is from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the College Theatre.

The forum is hosted by students enrolled in the Engagement in the Election Process course. The course is taught by Dr. Sara Crook, Peru State professor of history.

Crook writes of the forum, “Although we don’t have a firm confirmation from Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, we hope to have each side take five to ten minutes to present their basic premise, followed with a two minute rebuttal. Then the class has prepared several questions for each side to address in a five minute time span, with one minute follow-up rebuttals allowed.”

“We will entertain written questions from the audience which will be coordinated by myself and forwarded to the moderator.  After one hour, we will ask each group to make a final statement of up to two minutes.”

The New York Times wrote in October of 2015, “More than four months after the Nebraska Legislature voted to abolish the death penalty, a petition drive by supporters of capital punishment in the state has succeeded in upending that vote and suspending the new law, the secretary of state’s office announced Friday.”

“The petition drive, which collected more than 143,000 verified signatures from across the state, will force a statewide referendum in November 2016, when Nebraska voters will decide whether the state should have a death penalty.”



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About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.