California Gov. Gavin Newsom To Halt Executions

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

The action suspends any further executions in California as long as Newsom is governor, his office said.

California Governor Gavin Newsom will announce a moratorium on executions and a temporary reprieve for all 737 inmates on death row in the U.S. state.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is putting a moratorium on the death penalty in California, sparing the lives of more than 700 death-row inmates. The order will also immediate close San Quentin State Prison's execution chamber and put an end to the state's continued efforts to find a constitutional method for lethal injection, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California has poured cold water on Donald Trump's claim that he called the president "one of the smartest people I've ever met" in a private telephone call.

Mike Semanchik, managing attorney for the California Innocence Project - which works to exonerate inmates on death row - cheered the move.

The executive order will also argue that capital punishment is inherently unfair - applied more often to people of color and those with mental disability, according to an administration source. But prisoners convicted of murder continue to be sentenced to death in local courtrooms.

Newsom said the death penalty isn't a deterrent, wastes taxpayer dollars and is flawed because it is "irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error".

California last executed someone in 2006, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor. California has executed 13 inmates, while two were executed in other states.

The other issue in pay is the constitutionality of the governor's executive order.

Newsom has always been a vocal critic of capital punishment.

In this February 12, 2019, file photo, Calif., Gov. Gavin Newsom receives applause after delivering his first State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.

The Association of Deputy District Attorneys blasted Newsom for "usurping" the will of the voters and "substituting his personal preferences".

Studies over the past several decades have found persistent patterns of racial disparities in courts imposing the death penalty, with black people much more likely to receive such verdicts than white people, especially if the victim of their crime is white.

Seventy-nine condemned California inmates have died of natural causes since the state reinstated capital punishment in 1978.

Newsom has been a longtime opponent of the death penalty.

The moratorium will be in place for the duration of Newsom's time in office, the governor's office said.

Brown said he was satisfied with his record number of pardons and commutations, though he never attempted to commute a death sentence, and with his sweeping changes that eased criminal penalties while reducing the prison population.

"Conservative estimates suggest 4 percent of people on death row are innocent".

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