Conservative Conversations with Steve “Dee” Dogiakos

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Earlier this month, I had the privilege of traveling to the Washington, DC-area for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Despite a rocky start to the trip (last minute flight cancellations), I had an invigorating and enlightening experience with Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (CCADP). The Conservative Political Action Conference is an annual political […]

UM students start group to oppose death penalty

With the beginning of the spring semester, the U of M student group Montana Students Against the Death Penalty began activities to raise awareness and gain membership in their efforts to help abolish the death penalty during the 2015 Legislative session. Laura Fendrick, a social work student, started the group as part of a practicum […]

Things you can do in the “off year”

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Just because the Montana Legislature is not in session this year does not mean our work stops. There is still a lot that needs to be done to help create safe and just alternatives to the death penalty, and we need your help! Here are a few easy things you can do: Do you have […]

How to talk to legislative candidates about why you support abolition

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Believe it or not, election season is already upon us. You may have already had a candidate for the legislature come to your door to ask  for your support and to talk to you about the issues that are most important to him or her. So, how do you broach the topic of the death […]

2013 Year-End Report

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Every year, the Death Penalty Information Center publishes a year-end report on the state of the death penalty throughout the United States. The report highlighted the fact that 2013 marked only the second time in nearly two decades that the United States executed less than 40 people.  There were 80 new death sentences in 2013, […]

Changes at the Montana Abolition Coalition

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Happy 2014! The New Year brings many changes to the Abolition Coalition. We are thrilled with the work and challenges ahead and look forward to working with all of you to get rid of the death penalty in Montana once and for all. We recently unveiled a new logo for the Coalition. It’s only subtly […]

Remembering Murder Victims

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National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims As we mark the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, we honor the memories of murder victims and recognize the impact of homicide on surviving family members and loved ones. When the  the U.S. Senate adopted a resolution in 2007 recognizing the National Day of Remembrance for […]

Tell the Committee to vote YES!

Thank you for all your work so far to pass House Bill 370, which proposes to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life without parole.   On Friday, February 22nd, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to pass the bill on to the floor of the House of Representatives for a […]

Death penalty is bad public policy

I want to thank my colleagues and friends, Sen. Matt Rosendale and Rep. Doug Kary, for taking the lead in the efforts to abolish the death penalty in favor of life without the possibility of parole. Before I became a legislator, I was the “hang ’em high” type. But soon after being elected to the […]

Replace death penalty with lifetime in prison

I was very pleased with the intelligent and well reasoned opinion of Sen. Rosendale and Rep. Kary in the Feb. 8 Gazette. If we set aside our gut feeling that terrible crimes must be punished with death, we can learn from the fact that the death penalty is not helpful to anyone. It does not […]