Report finds exonerations in the US rose again in 2016

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By JUAN A. LOZANO, ASSOCIATED PRESS The number of people exonerated in the U.S. rose again in 2016, with more than half of them involved in cases in which it was later determined no crime occurred, according to a report released Tuesday. A record 94 of last year’s 166 total exonerations came in such cases, […]

Moving forward…

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Sometimes victory is a bittersweet stalemate. We celebrate that for another biennium Montana does not have the legal means to carry out executions. Our work has created a political climate in the legislature where attempting to restart executions isn’t tenable or possible. At the same time, after exploring all possible options, the Montana Abolition Coalition […]

Let’s have a BLAST!

BLAST HB366

Last week, the Montana House Judiciary Committee attempted to curb our effort to repeal the death penalty. The Committee voted 10-11 on HB 366, tabling the bill.  But we still have a chance to repeal! With a BLAST VOTE we can bypass the committee and move HB 366 for a full debate and vote on the House Floor. […]

American Nurses Association takes a stand against capital punishment

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Capital punishment is a human rights violation and the American Nurses Association is proud to stand in opposition. Click below to read the ANA’s new position statement. http://bit.ly/2kG0zgK

Remembering abolition activist Karla Gray, Montana’s first female chief justice

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It is with great sadness that we learn of Karla Gray’s passing. The Honorable Karla Gray, the first female Chief Justice in Montana, was admired by many including the Montana Abolition Coalition. Justice Gray was the first judge in Montana to talk about what it was truly like to be part of the system that […]

Bill to abolish death penalty evokes emotional testimony

Adam Hertz, R-Missoula, discusses why he wants to repeal Montana's death penalty, during a press conference after Monday's hearing on House Bill 366.

Helena Independent Record The House Judiciary Committee heard an hour of powerful testimony from people in favor of abolishing the death penalty, who shared a comprehensive list of reasons for their support. Those who testified included a man wrongly sentenced to death, the mother of a m06urder victim and attorneys who were haunted by years […]

Its GO TIME!

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House Bill 366 has been officially introduced in the Montana House of Representatives. This bill is a bipartisan effort to replace the death penalty with life without parole. House Bill 366 will soon be scheduled for hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. This means… ITS GO TIME! Your legislators need to hear from you. It only takes […]

NEW REPORT: Just Half of One Percent of All Counties in the U.S. Obtained Five or More Death Sentences Between 2010-15

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Fifty-Six Percent of Death Penalty Cases Involved Defendants with Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness, or Brain Damage, or Involved Defendants Under Age 21 READ THE REPORTS: Part I:http://fairpunishment.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FPP-TooBroken.pdf Part II: http://fairpunishment.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/FPP-TooBroken_II.pdf Cambridge, Mass. — Today, Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project released Part II of  a new report offering an in-depth look at how the death […]

Support for death penalty lowest in more than four decades

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BY BAXTER OLIPHANT, Pew Research Center As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the first of two death penalty cases in this year’s term, the share of Americans who support the death penalty for people convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades. Only about half of Americans (49%) now […]

We Remember…

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National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims    When the  the U.S. Senate adopted a resolution in 2007 recognizing the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims they took a step in recognizing the impact of murder on surviving family members and provided a way to honor the memory of victims. Each year some 15,000 […]