This article refers to crime in the U.S. state of Montana.


In 2013 there were 28,397 crimes reported in Montana, including 22 murders.[1]

Capital punishment laws

Main article: Capital punishment in Montana

Capital punishment was applied in this state up to 2015,[2] when it was suspended for lack of any available drug for lethal injection which met the legal requirements; an attempt in the legislature to renew executions failed in April 2021, as a result of which executions will likely remain suspended until at least 2023.[3]


  1. ^ "Montana Population and Number of Crimes, 1960–2013".
  2. ^ "Death Row U.S.A." (PDF). NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Associated Press article, April 16 2021: "Montana lawmakers oppose more death penalty drug options" "The death penalty has been on hold in Montana since 2015, when District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock said the state’s plan to use pentobarbital to render an inmate unconscious did not meet state law requiring the use of an ultra-fast-acting barbiturate...While lawmakers can ask for a reconsideration of bills that fail on second reading, Sands said she doesn’t believe that will happen because seven Republicans voted against it. The result would leave Montana without a way to carry out the death penalty for two more years."