California governor, Gavin Newsom has ordered an executive moratorium on the death penalty. This is a reprieve for all people sentenced to death in California.
No sentences will be commuted. The order will not alter any current conviction or sentence or lead to the release of any prisoner currently on death row.
737 inmates are currently on death row in the state.
He says he made the decision 'with a heavy heart' and 'deep appreciation of the emotions that drive this issue'
'We don't have a right to kill', he says and will no longer support the death protocol 'and as I speak we are shutting down and removing the equipment in the death chamber in San Quentin - symbolically and substantively to send a message that we are better than this.'
He cites a National Acadamy Science Report that estimates 1 in 25 people on death row is innocent.
The death penalty has been an abject failure. It discriminates based on the color of your skin or how much money you make. It’s ineffective, irreversible, and immoral. It goes against the very values that we stand for — which is why CA is putting a stop to this failed system.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 13, 2019
California Governor Gavin Newsom will sign an executive order putting in place a moratorium on the death penalty in the state. https://t.co/rMGoFsVSAr— The National Desk (@TND) March 13, 2019
.@GavinNewsom says he sat down with victims on all sides of the issue of death row. "I know those things people think are eye-for-eye, but if you rape, we don't rape. And I think if someone kills, we don't kill. We're better than that." https://t.co/6LjJsW0l0i pic.twitter.com/9KNU1oFCza— Kiki Intarasuwan (@kintarasu) March 13, 2019
Donald Trump was not thrilled...
Defying voters, the Governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers. Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019
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