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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Announces Death Penalty Moratorium

HeadlineMar 13, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign an executive order today putting a moratorium on the death penalty. Over 700 prisoners are currently on death row in California, although the state has not performed any executions in over a decade because of legal challenges to the state’s lethal injection procedure. Prepared remarks by Newsom cite racial discrimination and wrongful convictions, as well as the high cost to taxpayers. The order does not abolish the death penalty in California but would temporarily ban the practice during Newsom’s tenure as governor.

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