Arkansas Prisoners, Asserting Their Innocence, File Requests for DNA Testing

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Two Arkansas death-row prisoners who are scheduled be executed on April 20 have asked the Arkansas courts to stay their executions to permit DNA testing in their cases. Stacey Johnson (pictured, l.) and Ledell Lee (pictured, r.) both say they did not commit the crimes for which they were sentenced to death, and both say […]

State and Federal Courts Grant Stays, Preliminary Injunctions Blocking 8 Arkansas Executions

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In legal challenges filed separately by Arkansas death-row prisoners and a company involved in the distribution of pharmaceuticals, the Arkansas state and federal courts issued preliminary injunctions putting on hold the state’s plan to carry out an unprecedented eight executions in the span of eleven days. After a four-day evidentiary hearing that ended late in […]

Remembering Justice John “Skeff” Sheehy, abolition activist

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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 […]

Former Warden: Arkansas Execution Rush Is Dangerous and Risky

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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 […]

Report finds exonerations in the US rose again in 2016

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By JUAN A. LOZANO, ASSOCIATED PRESS The number of people exonerated in the U.S. rose again in 2016, with more than half of them involved in cases in which it was later determined no crime occurred, according to a report released Tuesday. A record 94 of last year’s 166 total exonerations came in such cases, […]

Moving forward…

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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!

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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. […]

American Nurses Association takes a stand against capital punishment

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Capital punishment is a human rights violation and the American Nurses Association is proud to stand in opposition. Click below to read the ANA’s new position statement. http://bit.ly/2kG0zgK

Remembering abolition activist Karla Gray, Montana’s first female chief justice

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It is with great sadness that we learn of Karla Gray’s passing. The Honorable Karla Gray, the first female Chief Justice in Montana, was admired by many including the Montana Abolition Coalition. Justice Gray was the first judge in Montana to talk about what it was truly like to be part of the system that […]

Bill to abolish death penalty evokes emotional testimony

Adam Hertz, R-Missoula, discusses why he wants to repeal Montana's death penalty, during a press conference after Monday's hearing on House Bill 366.

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 […]