Join the Montana Abolition Coalition staff!

We’re hiring for a Coalition Coordinator! The Coalition Coordinator (“Coordinator”) is a part time position from July 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. Monthly compensation is $2,300-$2,500, commensurate with experience. Health benefits are also offered. The Coalition will also consider applications from those wishing to work as an independent contractor. The Coordinator is supervised by […]

The Psychological Burden of the Death Penalty

Mock executions at Riverbend shed light on the weight of state killings By Steven Hale, Nashville Scene Several years ago, in the middle of the Christian Holy Week leading up to Easter, an execution team strapped Jeannie Alexander onto a gurney at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Alexander was then the head chaplain at […]

Ohio Gov. Kasich commutes death sentence of man convicted of killing woman during robbery

By the Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio –  Ohio Gov. John Kasich Monday spared a condemned killer who was set to die April 11 for fatally shooting a woman more than three decades ago during a robbery after questions were raised about discrepancies in the case and the fairness of the trial. The Republican governor’s release […]

Death penalty repeal appears poised to pass New Hampshire state Senate

By Adam Sexton, Political Director, WMUR CONCORD, N.H. — A repeal of New Hampshire’s death penalty is poised to pass the state Senate for the first time in almost 20 years, but there are concerns that the bill could overturn the capital sentence of the state’s only death row inmate. Thirteen state senators have signed on to a […]

Texas governor spares inmate from execution after a father’s pleas

By Meagan Flynn, Washington Post Thomas “Bart” Whitaker had already eaten his last meal. It was about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, roughly a half-hour before his scheduled execution in a Texas prison. He was supposed to be strapped to a gurney soon. Whitaker had been sentenced to death for orchestrating the ambush-style murders of his family in 2003 as they returned […]

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

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.

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

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?

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’

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 […]