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Nebraska completes first fentanyl execution

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/14/18, 02:05 pm

Nebraska on Tuesday carried out its first execution since 1997 and the nation’s first lethal injection with a drug combination including the powerful opioid fentanyl. Carey Dean Moore was put to death for murdering two Omaha cab drivers in 1979. He was one of the nation’s longest-serving death row inmates. Nebraska abolished the death penalty in 2015, but it was reinstated via a ballot initiative championed by Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican. His administration changed the state’s lethal injection protocol to overcome challenges in purchasing the necessary drugs.

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U.S. senator wants to legalize marijuana nationwide

by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/01/17, 12:40 pm

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced a bill Tuesday to legalize marijuana at a federal level. Booker said his Marijuana Justice Act is more than just encouraging states to legalize the sale and use of cannabis; it’s one step forward in reforming a broken federal criminal justice system. “Our country’s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,” Booker said in a statement.

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What’s the penalty for murder?

Criminal Justice | Prison Fellowship’s James Ackerman on prison sentencing, the death penalty, and transformed inmates
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/20/17, 10:19 am

The May 27 issue of WORLD includes an interview with James Ackerman, president and CEO of Prison Fellowship. Here are some additional edited excerpts.

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