Governor Gavin Newsom halts death penalty for 737 inmates

I want to share some very positive news with you. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on March 13 that implemented a moratorium on California’s death penalty. This news is huge! California’s death row represents about one-quarter of the nation’s death row population.

The work to end executions has been a long fight and we are seeing very hopeful signs around the country in places like Washington, Wyoming, New Hampshire and Colorado. Our own work here in Ohio is part of a broader context where people are rethinking the death penalty. Governor DeWine is thinking carefully about executions and the death penalty. Recently at a news conference he was asked about the death penalty and said, “I think there is a lot of things we know today that we have the benefit of seeing how it [the death penalty] has played out since 1981. We know more today.”

From: Kevin Werner, Executive Director of OTSE – Ohioans To Stop Executions

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