Death penalty does not deter murderers

HB 370 will replace the death penalty with life without parole. Facts show the death penalty is not a deterrent and is not cost effective. The death penalty generates notoriety for the murderer, and the media profits. Millions are spent for appeals that drag on for an average of 18 years.

Meanwhile, the victim’s family and loved ones suffer silently in the margins. Too many mistakes have been made.

Nationally, hundreds of men and women convicted of murder and put to death have later been found innocent. In 2011, after 24 years of incarceration in Montana State Prison, Barry Allan Beach, convicted of murder, was released when new information surfaced, allowing him another trial to prove his innocence. If our society is against murder, then let’s get out of the murder business. By retaining the death penalty, we all become murderers by proxy.