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 Legislature, I began to see how Montana’s death penalty went against my faith, my conservative philosophies and my duty to ensure that Montana laws were equally exercised.

The death penalty does nothing to keep us safe. It wastes resources on a system that can go on for decades, dragging victims’ families through trial after trial, while making celebrities out of murderers. It risks executing the innocent — a risk that no one should be willing to take. Most of all, it’s just bad public policy. If we truly want to streamline our government and make it less wasteful and inefficient, then the death penalty must go.

Roy Brown