America Had Fewer Executions In 2017 Than In 23 Of The Last 25 Years

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Why Execution Numbers Continue To Fall Off A Cliff Midday on Tuesday, November 28, the Texas Court of Criminal appeals stayedthe execution of Juan Castillo, who was convicted and sentenced to death as the trigger-man in a 2003 robbery-murder on a San Antonio lovers’ lane. At Castillo’s trial, another inmate testified that Castillo had confessed his role […]

New Documentary by the National Institute of Justice chronicles the experiences of six individuals whose lives were impacted by a wrongful conviction.

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Six individuals affected by wrongful convictions in the U.S. criminal justice system share their stories and the challenges they have faced since the wrongful conviction came to light. NIJ is dedicated to using science to learn about the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions. Only with this understanding will we minimize these miscarriages of justice, […]

Pope Francis Wants the Catholic Church to Change Doctrine on Death Penalty

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He called for changing church doctrine By Eli Meixler, Time Magazine October 13, 2017 Pope Francis said the death penalty is “inadmissible” and called for changes to church doctrine to prohibit it, the church’s strongest comments yet on the controversial issue. “It must be strongly stated that condemning a person to the death penalty is an inhumane measure,” […]

Could this be the case that ends the death penalty in America?

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A Top Lawyer Has Asked The Supreme Court To Hear A Major Death Penalty Case In a new filing, Neal Katyal is asking the high court to consider Arizona’s death penalty law — and whether the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. WASHINGTON — One of the country’s top lawyers is asking the Supreme Court to […]

Stories from an execution coordinator: ‘There will never be closure’

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by Ryan Braschler, KTUL news LONGTOWN, Okla. (KTUL) — It’s a quiet, breezy day in Longtown. And as John East looks across the valley toward the lake, he reflects on a life in the state penitentiary. “I talked to every inmate that wanted to talk to me,” East says. “Every time I, every morning at 8 […]

Remembering Justice John “Skeff” Sheehy, abolition activist

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We are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of John “Skeff” Sheehy. The Honorable John Sheehy, a former legislator and Supreme Court Justice was greatly admired by many and certainly by those of us in the Coalition. He was a remarkable man who could always be counted on to stand up for what he […]

Former Warden: Arkansas Execution Rush Is Dangerous and Risky

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By Dr. Allen Ault, Originally published in Time Magazine The Arkansas government is preparing to execute eight death-row prisoners in a ten-day span, before one of its lethal-injection drugs expires. It plans to execute two people per day over four days: April 17, 20, 24 and 27. The decision is dangerous for many reasons. As […]

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!

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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. […]