KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) _ Some Nebraska sheriffs are voicing support for the death penalty in advance of the Nov. 8 election when voters will decide whether to keep the punishment.
The group Nebraskans for the Death Penalty released a list Tuesday of 38 county sheriffs who have endorsed capital punishment. The list was gathered at the Nebraska Sheriffs’ Association’s annual meeting in Kearney.
Among those on the list are the sheriffs from Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy counties, the three most populous in the state. Nebraskans for the Death Penalty says the list is likely to grow.
The anti-death penalty group Retain a Just Nebraska released a statement on behalf of Joe Jeanette, a former Nebraska law enforcement officer. Jeanette says studies have shown the death penalty doesn’t deter crime.