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Executions are mostly a red-state phenomenon -- which helps explain Trump’s advocacy

14 March, 2019, 07:14 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • A condemned inmate stands in a cell in the yard outside of San Quentin State Prison's death row adjustment center

Gavin Newsom planned to sign an executive order Wednesday giving a reprieve to the 737 inmates on his state's death row.

The death penalty is an archaic and unjust system, disproportionately condemning people of color and those with disabilities.

Some supporters of the move pointed out that despite California's status as a blue state, Newsom's decision was a bold one in light of voters' recent support for state-sponsored executions. "Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I", Trump said on Twitter.

In a no-holds-barred interview, Governor Gavin Newsom criticized President Donald Trump on a variety of hot-button issues, including the border wall.

Trump said in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference that Newsom made the remark during a phone call thanking the president for visiting the parts of California that had been badly damaged by wildfires. A new execution protocol is under review, but Newsom's order will withdraw it.

While campaigning for governor previous year, Newsom said he was fervently opposed to the death penalty but didn't "want to get ahead of the will of the voters" and wanted to "give the voters a chance to reconsider".

The governor's decision brings California in line with Colorado, Oregon, and Pennsylvania - all of which have governor-issued moratoria - and adds momentum to a national movement working to end capital punishment.

As recently as 2016, a measure to abolish the death penalty failed, and another, aimed at speeding up executions, passed. It says innocent people have been sentenced to die, including five Californians since 1973 who were found to have been wrongfully convicted.

He said he's campaigned "vigorously" for the last two ballot measures where voters rejected repealing the death penalty. And he's shuttering the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison that has never been used.

An armed California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer is seen reflected in the window of a cell at San Quentin State Prison's death row adjustment center
Gov. Gavin Newsom Suspends Death Penalty In California

Newsom may have a point to at least looking into the state's approach to the death penalty. But most of all, the death penalty is absolute.

Gavin Newsom will sign an executive order today that effectively halts executions, United States media reported.

Not only is prison reform at the top of Kim Kardashian's to-do list, now she's taking aim at California's death penalty.

California has the biggest death row population in the country, with one in four U.S. inmates on death row incarcerated in the state.

The governor's office said Newsom's order will also immediately close the state's execution chamber at San Quentin Prison, but does not otherwise change any existing convictions or sentences - and will not lead to any death row inmates being released. That's more than four times the amount of the second-deadliest state, Virginia, where there were 113 executions, or the third-deadliest, which is Oklahoma with 112 executions.

Kim Kardashian is speaking out to voice her support for ending the death penalty.

California has not executed anyone since 2006, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor, the Press Association reports.

"I did this with the victims in mind", Newsom said.

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