Effort to Repeal Death Penalty in Wyoming to Increase in 2019
Written by jordanmckamey on June 6, 2019
Led by Cheyenne Republican Rep. Jared Olsen, state legislators took a bill to repeal the state’s death penalty further than it’s ever gotten in the 2019 legislative session, reports the Casper Star-Tribune.
Though those efforts failed before the finish line, the attempt seen this past winter has attracted the attention of a national group, which will be looking toward 2020 with an aim of making Wyoming the 22nd state to repeal the death penalty.
Last week, Brooklyn-based nonprofit Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty announced it would be hiring a Wyoming field director to aid in grassroots efforts to repeal the state’s rarely used death penalty, which according to state estimates costs Wyoming more than $1 million per year.
The organization — which entered the national scene at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. — was formed in Montana by anti-abortion conservatives, who were bothered by the GOP’s inconsistent stances on issues like abortion versus the death penalty.