Remembering Justice John “Skeff” Sheehy, abolition activist

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 […]

Moving forward…

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!

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. […]

Bill to abolish death penalty evokes emotional testimony

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!

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 […]

We Remember…

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 […]

10 years…Today marks a decade without an execution in Montana

On August 11th 2006, Montana held an execution. Since then, executions have been on hold pending inmate appeals and lethal injection litigation. But as we look back at the last ten years of an execution-free Montana, what do we see? Ten years later, what has happened in the fight to end the death penalty? The […]

Job Opening at the Montana Abolition Coalition

Conservative Organizer – 2016-2017 The Montana Abolition Coalition is a collaboration of organizations and individuals that value justice and are committed to repealing Montana’s death penalty. The Coalition continues to successfully bring together a wide range of people from across the political spectrum for a common cause. While this diverse group may disagree on a number […]

The Death Penalty in Decline

Annual report by the Death Penalty Information Center shows the U.S. saw fewer executions and death sentences in 2015 than it has in decades This year, Montana was among 44 states that did not conduct an execution and one of the 36 states that did not impose a single death sentence, joining a growing consensus […]

Remembering Murder Victims and their Families

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 […]