State of Montana Archives: on Crime


Greg Gianforte: Philosophically OK with death penalty; but is it worth it?

Q: Should the state eliminate the death penalty and opt for life without parole?

A: I have no philosophical objection to the death penalty; however, we should question if it is an effective deterrent to crime and if it is worth the price.

Source: Great Falls Tribune on 2016 Montana gubernatorial race May 10, 2016

Steve Bullock: Arrest and prosecute sex predators and scam artists

As Attorney General, Steve works hard every day to make our state better for the next generation of Montanans. Since taking office, Steve has:
Source: Montana Governor campaign 2012 website, www.stevebullock.com Nov 6, 2012

Amanda Curtis: No to capital punishment; yes to alternative sentencing

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: No.

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?

A: Yes.

Source: Montana Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Champ Edmunds: Capital punishment , but not for juveniles

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?

A: No.

Source: Montana Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Bill McChesney: No to capital punishment; yes to prosecuting minors

Q: Do you support capital punishment?

A: No.

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?

A: Yes. This is complex and I don't want to overreact. In some instances criminal charges are very likely warranted. So in some instances YES.

Source: Montana State Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Ryan Zinke: Replace death penalty with life imprisonment without parole

Excerpts from legislation: AN ACT: abolishing the death penalty and replacing it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole; revising eligibility for bail; and revising the affirmative defense of compulsion.