Governor Gavin Newsom Issued Moratorium On Executions In CA
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On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom had issued a moratorium on executions and a temporary reprieve for all 737 inmates on death row in the state of California. The order issued on Wednesday afternoon described the death penalty as “inconsistent with our bedrock values“. No death row inmates will be released under the state-wide moratorium.
The last executions carried out in California was back in 2006, as a series of court battles over execution methods had been waged. Death penalty moratorium was one of Newsom’s campaign pledges. Governor Newsom took office in January and said in a statement issued with the execution order, “I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people.” The order will also withdraw California’s lethal injection protocol and close down the state’s execution chamber at San Quentin prison.
California’s new governor faces backlash from families of crime victims for halting all executions. There are 737 inmates on death row in California, most of any state in the nation. Supporters say the governor is helping to end a barbaric and racist practice that does not deter crime. Gov. Gavin Newsom joins “CBS This Morning” for his first live national TV interview since his inauguration in January, in the video “Gov. Gavin Newsom on halting death penalty: “It’s a racist system. You cannot deny that.”, below:
Governor does not have the power to abolish the state’s 1978 death penalty legislation permanently. A repeal would require a popular vote in favor of the change and the opportunity for such a change would be at the ballot in the 2020 elections. Governor Newsom’s current term lasts until January 0f 2023, and the reprieves he is issuing now will expire when he leaves office. California has the most prisoners on death row, 737, but has carried out only 13 executions since 1976. There are 2,738 inmates on death row in the U.S. The death penalty is a legal form of punishment in 30 U.S. states. Statistics tells us that death penalty as a deterrent is ineffective. Data is being presented in the video below. Eighteen states had already eliminated the death penalty. According to Death Penalty Information Center, 164 death row inmates had been exonerated since 1973. Of the 164, 5 were in California. This is a larger trend of giving capital punishment another look. More than 2,700 people are on death row currently in the United States. California’s governor is taking the bold step of putting a stop to the death penalty in his state, sparing the lives of more than 700 prisoners. Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle are joined by the Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice Lauren-Brooke Eisen, to discuss whether other states could follow suit, in the video “CA Governor Spares 700+ Lives By Ending Death Penalty, Velshi & Ruhle, MSNBC“, below:
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