Conservative Voices Continue to Call for End of Death Penalty

From October 2016 to October 2017, support for capital punishment among those identifying themselves as Republicans fell by ten percetage points. Two op-eds published towards the end of the year illustrate the growing conservative opposition to the death penalty. Writing in The Seattle Times on December 27, Republican State Senator Mark Miloscia (pictured, l.) called […]

Retired Lt. General: Exclude Mentally Ill Vets from the Death Penalty

Saying that the death penalty should “be reserved for the ‘worst of the worst in our society,’” retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General John Castellaw (pictured) has urged the Tennessee state legislature to adopt pending legislation that would bar the death penalty for people with severe mental illnesses. In an op-ed in the Memphis newspaper, The […]

Former Governor Bill Richardson: Death Penalty Is Bad for Business, Out of Step With World’s Views

In a Washington Post op-ed, former New Mexico Governor and United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson (pictured)—who in 2009 signed a bill to abolish his state’s death penalty—urged that capital punishment be abolished in the United States, saying “[t]he practice is wrong and I hope it isn’t long for this world.” Richardson said he supported the […]

Former Warden: Arkansas Execution Rush Is Dangerous and Risky

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 […]

Billings Gazette Guest opinion: Montana should abolish capital punishment

By Rep. Dave Hagstrom As a conservative in the Montana Legislature, I have spoken in favor of ending the death penalty. My position is not based on feelings of sympathy for those who commit grave crimes. Far from it. My heart does break for those people who have lost a loved one to a murder’s […]

Guest opinion: Montana should follow Nebraska in repeal of death penalty

This Opinion Editorial originally appeared in the Billings Gazette on June 4th, 2015 As one of the founders of the very first Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty group in Montana, I am thrilled to see that Nebraska has successfully ended the death penalty in favor of life without parole. It was no easy feat […]

Choteau Acantha: Legislature should repeal death penalty

The Montana House of Representatives this week will hold a hearing on House Bill 370, which would replace the state’s death penalty sentence with life in prison without the chance of parole. In 2013, a similar bill was introduced and failed. The Montana Abolition Coalition, lobbying for death-penalty repeal in Montana, is hoping that this […]

It’s time to eliminate Montana’s death penalty

There are plenty of reasons to oppose the death penalty in Montana, and very few reasons to favor it. One thing in favor of the penalty is this — someone who kills people in a heinous fashion won’t kill anyone else if the state puts him or her to death. The criminal also won’t kill […]

Death penalty fails victims’ families

By LAVONNE HOHN A recent Associated Press article that was published in this paper and others across the state mentioned House Bill 370, a bill that replaces Montana’s death penalty with life without parole. As someone who has experienced the devastating murder of a loved one first hand, I know that the issue of capital […]

Great Falls Tribune: It’s time to end Montana’s death penalty

When it comes to divisiveness, the death penalty is in the camp of top issues, right up there with abortion and homosexuality. Most of us are fervently on one side or the other, and rarely does someone jump over to the other side. And all of us rely on government to enforce laws about such […]