California governor halts death penalty: 'I couldn't sleep'


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Gavin Newsom is expected to sign an executive order on the death penalty on Wednesday morning.

The 737 inmates on the largest death row in the United States will not be executed after the Governor of California said the sentence was "wrong" and "a failure" that has sometimes killed innocent people. "Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!" Trump has cultivated an image of himself as a tough-on-crime president and has said drug dealers should face the ultimate penalty. It has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or can't afford expensive legal representation.

Public opinion in California on capital punishment has shifted dramatically in the past few decades, with increasing numbers of people preferring the option of life without the possibility of parole to the death penalty in most cases. "This is about who I am as a human being, this is about what I can or cannot do; to me this was the right thing to do".

Another key point of Newsom's argument is the wrongful conviction and subsequent overturning of inmates on death row.

Across the country, 18 states and Washington DC have abolished the death penalty and others have issued suspensions.

"Racial bias and unfairness run deep throughout the justice system, but especially when it comes to the death penalty", she added.

Newsom's office told The Associated Press he will issue an executive order Wednesday granting a reprieve to every condemned inmate.

In 1986, voters essentially recalled California Chief Justice Rose Bird and two other associate Supreme Court justices appointed by former Gov.

The California moratorium will become the fourth in the nation, following similar ones issued under Democratic governors in Oregon, Colorado, and California.

The 737 people on death row in California are the most of any state in America, the governor's office said. "And as governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual", Newsome will say, according to prepared remarks published by Buzzfeed.

In addition, he said, 25 of the state's death row inmates had exhausted all of their appeals, meaning they would be in line for execution. More than three-quarters of Republicans support executions while only about a third of Democrats agree.

A 2011 study found that the death penalty had cost California taxpayers over $4 billion since its reinstatement in 1978.

Executions have increasingly been the domain of red states, thanks largely to Texas's dominance in capital punishment.

Brown said he was satisfied with his record number of pardons and commutations, though he never attempted to commute a death sentence, and with his sweeping changes that eased criminal penalties while reducing the prison population.