California Governor Halts Death Penalty

Robert Valencia
Mar 17, 2019 - 5:00
California Governor Halts Death Penalty

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Key Facts:  California Governor Gavin Newsom enacted an executive order on Wednesday to put a moratorium on the state’s death penalty, calling the practice “ineffective, irreversible, and immoral.” Newsom offered a reprieve to 737 inmates on death row and added that the death penalty has discriminated against mentally ill defendants and people of color. He noted that the death...

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