Mark Pritchard MP visits Montana

17 February 2016

Mark Pritchard MP visits Montana

Montana has carried out three executions since 1976, the last of which was in 2006. In 2015, a bill to repeal the death penalty failed on a tie vote in the House of Representatives and so is within 1 vote of abolition within the State legislature. Executions are currently on hold in the State as the drugs and drug combinations proposed for lethal injections have been ruled to be in violation of State law. Mark visited the State to give encouragement to the work on abolition there. In February 2016 Mark met with: - State representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); the Montana Abolition Coalition (MAC); Montana Democratic State Representative Jenny Eck; Montana Director of Corrections and Director of Government Relations; Montana Deputy and Assistant Attorney Generals. He found that there is widespread expectation that abolition will be achieved within the next few years at the most. A bill is planned for 2017 based on cost and on removing the death penalty from the statute.

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