California Gov. Gavin Newsom to Suspend Death Penalty, Defy Voters, Victims

California Gov. Gavin Newsom to Suspend Death Penalty, Defy Voters, Victims

California Gov. Gavin Newsom to Suspend Death Penalty, Defy Voters, Victims

Newsom's executive order, in addition to the moratorium, would "withdraw the state's lethal injection protocol, and shut down the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison", according to Buzzfeed.

Newsom defended a $25 million proposed California program to assist asylum seekers who cross the border into the state because he affirms the federal government isn't doing its job.

In 2016, California voters approved a ballot measure to fix the state's death penalty system, limiting the length of death penalty appeals to five years after conviction.

California's governor is set to issue a moratorium on capital punishment in the US's most populous state, providing a reprieve for hundreds of inmates sentenced to death. Trump says "Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!"

"[Newsom] recognizes that California voters have spoken on the issue and, if elected governor, he'd respect the will of the electorate by following and implementing the law", said Dan Newman, a spokesman for Newsom when he was lieutenant governor.

The state joins Colorado, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, which have similar bans, and 20 states that have abolished the death penalty, it said.

There hasn't been an execution in California since 2006, amid a years-long legal battle over the state's drug cocktail. California's prison system has the largest death row population in the Western Hemisphere.

"There's a reason why, today, three out of four countries around the world have either abolished the death penalty or no longer use it", Newsom said.

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.

Flanked by Democratic party leaders, Newsom said he made a decision to take the move because elements of the death penalty, stalled in California since 2006, were suddenly moving forward on his watch.

And while California hasn't executed a prisoner since 2006, President Trump - whose eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. The order will not alter any current conviction or sentence, or lead to the release of any prisoner now on death row. "Irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error".

"Symbolically it is very significant", Robert Dunham, the executive director of the not-for-profit Death Penalty Information Center, told the Guardian.

"The intentional killing of another person is wrong", Newsom said.

In 2014, support for the death penalty among Democrats dropped under 50 percent in Pew's polling, the first year in which that happened.

"The voters of the State of California support the death penalty", said ADDA President Michelle Hanisee, citing the 2016 failure of two ballot initiatives aimed at eliminating capital punishment and passage of another meant to speed up the process of approving inmates for execution.

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