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!

BLAST HB366

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 […]

Its GO TIME!

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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 […]

Some conservatives in Georgia are fighting to abolish the death penalty

Following the launch of the Georgia Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty, several more media outlets have reported on the newfound momentum in Georgia. Baker Owens of Insider Advantage Georgia reported, A group of conservatives gathered at the Gold Dome last week to announce the formation of a state group aimed at a seemingly unlikely […]

REPORT: Two-Thirds of Oregon’s Death Row Have Mental Impairments, History of Severe Trauma, or Were Under 21 at Offense

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Most of the prisoners on Oregon‘s death row suffer from significant mental impairments, according a study released on December 20, 2016 by the Fair Punishment Project at Harvard University. The Project’s analysis of case records, media reports, and opinions of Oregon legal experts found that two-thirds of the 35 people on the state’s death row […]

DPIC Releases Year End Report: Historic Declines in Death Penalty Use Continue

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Death sentences, executions, and public support for the death penalty continued their historic declines in 2016, according to DPIC’s annual report, “The Death Penalty in 2016: Year End Report,” released on December 21. The 30 death sentences imposed this year are the fewest in the modern era of capital punishment in the U.S.—since the Supreme […]

Delaware Supreme Court Decision Paves Way to Clear State’s Death Row

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On December 15, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled in Powell v. State that death-row prisoner Derrick Powell will get the benefit of its August 2016 decision in Rauf v. State declaring Delaware’s death sentencing statute unconstitutional. The court directed that Powell be resentenced to life without parole, in a ruling that also paves the way […]