The Montana Abolition Coalition
The Network, as part of the Montana Abolition Coalition, is educating the public about the death penalty and, ultimately, working to repeal the death sentence in Montana.
6 Reasons to Support Abolition of the Death Penalty
- We cannot release an innocent person from the grave
Since 1976, nearly 140 individuals have been sent to death row and later found innocent.
- The death penalty is unfair and unequal
The death penalty is disproportionately applied to people of color and people in poverty.
- The death penalty re-victimizes family members
A death sentence prolongs the pain of murder victim family members through decades of appeals and media attention focused not on their loved one, but on the murderer.
- The death penalty is much more expensive
Every major cost study ever conducted shows that the death penalty system costs taxpayers at least 2 to 3 times more than a system of life without parole.
- The Death Penalty as the Ultimate, Irreversible Denial of Human Rights
The International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was ratified by the U.S. in 1992. Article 5 states, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." A 1997 U.N. High Commission resolution states, "abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and progressive development of human rights."
- Montanans are ready
Death sentences and public support for the death penalty are at an all-time low.
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The Death Penalty as the Ultimate, Irreversible Denial of Human Rights Justifying Abolition
- The abolition of the death penalty fits within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as part of the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights
- The Covenant was adopted in 1976 and seeks to limit the death penalty where it is still applied. The U.S. ratified the Covenant in 1992 and is thus bound by it.
- In 1997, the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights approved a resolution stating that "abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and progressive development of human rights."
- Article 5 of the Universal Declaration states: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."
How to Talk about Abolishing the Death Penalty in Montana
- Racial, economic and political biases permeate our legal system.
- Evidence suggests that hundreds of errors have occurred in spite of safeguards designed to guarantee that no innocent people are executed.
- Structural inequities exist in the death penalty's use and make it unjust.
- The exonerations of innocent people have shown that human error is inherent in our criminal justice system.
- 95% of defendants charged with capital crimes are impoverished and cannot afford their own attorney to represent them.
- The death penalty is a denial of our human rights.
- Montana can offer life without possibility of parole as an alternative to a death sentence.