CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Conservatives Concerned About the Deatlh Penalty said on Monday, July 13 that they support Governor Mark Gordon’s consideration of implementing a moratorium on the death penalty in the state.
Gordon told member of the Wyoming Legislature on Monday morning that he was considering a moratorium on the death penalty in an effort to save the state money, the Casper-Star Tribune reported.
“We are encouraged by Governor Gordon’s thoughtful comments on the death penalty today,” reads a statement from Wyoming Conservatives Concerned About the Deatlh Penalty coordinator Kylie Taylor. “In considering a moratorium, he is showing he wants to prioritize economic recovery over a failed government program that has cost Wyoming millions of dollars without any real benefit.”
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“Movement away from the death penalty has become a Western value, with four western states instituting moratoria in the last decade — two of which have since ended the death penalty outright.”
The Wyoming Convervatives Concerned About the Death Penalty joined with members of the League of Women Voters, the Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church for a silent march in Dec. 2019 as part of a campaign pushing the Wyoming Legislature to repeal the death penalty during their spring legislative session.
A bill that would have repealed the death penalty failed to receive enough votes for introduction in the Wyoming House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session, though 40 legislators signed on as sponsors to the legislation.
The Wyoming Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty remain hopeful the legislature will eventually repeal the death penalty in the state.
“We know there is growing interest in the Legislature for ending the death penalty due to its high costs, the fact it does nothing to make us safer, and because of the risk of executing innocent people,” Taylor said.