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Gov. Newsom Will Halt Executions in California — Should Your State?

Do you want your state to place an indefinite moratorium on executions?

by Axios | 3.13.19

California Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign an executive order Wednesday to place a moratorium on the death penalty in the state.

"I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people."

Details: The indefinite moratorium will annul California’s lethal injection protocol and force the closure of the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison, in Marin County. There are 737 inmates on death row in California.

Go deeper: Trump: U.S. needs to stiffen death penalty laws

Rebecca Falconer

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  • burrkitty
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    I’m a long way from my fellow liberals in this regard. I am personally fully in favor of the death penalty and we are WAY TOO SLOW about it. Five years maximum after a death penalty sentence inclusive of appeals. Then the execution has to happen. It normally takes 15 years to get from the court to the execution. A quarter of death row inmates die of natural causes before they get executed. This is at the cost of on average $90,000 a year more per DR inmate compared to a regular prisoner. California may be doing this to save money, but frankly they should just do the executions, because even if they commute the sentences to life in prison it’s still going to cost between 30 and $60,000 a year to keep them. Life imprisonment without parole shouldn’t exist. If you’ve done something horrible enough to warrant conviction with life imprisonment without parole, you should just be executed.

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  • Kodiwodi
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Colorado hasn’t executed anyone in forever despite having the death penalty. It’s an incredible waste of money. We are already considering doing away with it. Science changes all the time making it possible to exonerate previously convicted people. And for you pseudo Christians out there the Bible also says Thou shall not kill and judge not lest you be judged. I’d rather no one was executed than one innocent person be put to death wrongly. My conscience will rest easy.

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  • Sandra
    03/14/2019
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    I am torn about this one.....Do I think that people like Ted Bundy deserved to die?...You bet...But electrocution or lethal injection, which has been botched in the past...can definately be considered "cruel and unusual". The process of these killings would definately twark anyone who participated. For crimes beyond heinous, Atticus Finch's treatment of the Mad Dog would suffice.

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  • Mark
    Voted Maybe
    03/14/2019
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    For those sympathetic towards the criminal and against botched execution. I got an idea how about A FIRING SWAD .theres no hour before they die . Dead in 1 second.

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  • John
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    As long as it’s legal to kill babies I don’t want to hear shit about killing criminals

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  • OlderNWiser
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Again grateful to be a Californian. The death penalty is not a deterrent. Closure is a false concept created by the media so executing someone will not bring closure to mourning loved ones. Racism, xenophobia, classism and misunderstanding of mental illness puts the most vulnerable at risk. Death is cruel and unusual punishment. All the mistaken or purposeful false convictions make the death penalty deeply wrong.

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  • John
    03/13/2019
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    I live in Michigan and we haven’t had the death penalty.

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  • Glowurm
    Voted Maybe
    03/13/2019
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    I, personally, agree with burrkitty and the bullcrap where we spend millions of dollars on the appeals system, as well as the years it takes before that process is completed. However, we are seeing more of these people released, because they were innocent. If we execute someone who was innocent, what do we do then? That being said, with the new DNA tests available, we should test all those still on death row, whose DNA was never tested. If the results say, innocent, they should be released. If positive, there should be no appeals process. They should be executed. Not only would that be a great deterrent, it would save tons of money and reduce the backlog of cases needing to be heard. Sorry, but we give these people new organs and healthcare, while the rest of us have to make do. If they are on death row, we should not prolong their lives. We can be humane and keep them comfortable. Nothing more!

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  • Constance
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    This is not a liberal or conservative issue it is a moral issue. The deliberate killing of a human being is murder whether it’s committed by an individual or the State. It is wrong. Participation in this evil action only adds to the sum of evil in the world.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    If there isn’t a punishment that deters crime it will cause crime to go up. Murderers look for soft targets where guns are not likely to be. Promotes gun violence in those areas. If there isn’t capital punishment there will be less fear to commit crimes. “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:1-4‬ ‭

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  • Joel
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Capital punishment is cruel and unusual, and it is not an effective deterrent.

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  • Leslie
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    IF THE CRIME IS SO HEINOUS, STOP WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON KEEPING THE CRIMINAL ALIVE AND THE FOR PROFIT PRISONS OPERATING

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  • IllWill
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Good for California! The death penalty is an archaic and barbaric practice that should be confined to the history books. I’m glad that New York got rid of the death penalty 15 years ago! There are massive racial disparities when it comes to the application of capital punishment as black people and other minorities are much more likely than whites to get the death penalty for the same crimes! It also costs a ton of money to carry out this punishment because of the appeals process which is needed in order to make sure we don’t execute innocent people, but even with the appeals process we still end up killing the wrong people about 4% of the time. It’s time to end capital punishment nationwide!

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  • B
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    To my liberal socialist socialist legislators. So if an illegal taped and brutally killed your wife. You’d be ok to “stay” all executions with a due process death sentence ? What do the surviving families say ? Who pays the liberal price here besides the victims family?

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  • Mark
    Voted No
    03/14/2019
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    The same people who oppose the death penalty for the worst of the worst support killing innocent babies even after they are born. That is a special kind of evil.

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  • Clint
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    If we can learn not to convict people based on race or ethnicity and purely on facts then sure but the chance that someone is put to death and are innocent of the crime makes it not worth it in my opinion. Also, two wrongs never made a right according to my mother.

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  • Garrett
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Yes, the death penalty is wrong. If you’re going to claim that human life has inherent value, then you need to be intellectually consistent and say that ALL human life has inherent value. But, it’s really interesting that the man who is sitting here lecturing us about the value of human life is in the state with the most radical support for abortion in the United States. Hm.

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  • Chuck
    Voted No
    03/15/2019
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    It’s no surprise that Newsom and much of the Democrats do everything they can to help and aid criminals it’s because THEY are also criminals!

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  • David
    Voted Yes
    03/14/2019
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    Minnesota abolished the death penalty in 1911 and has never reinstated it.

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  • Shawn
    Voted Yes
    03/14/2019
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    The possibility of killing one innocent person makes capital punishment abhorrent- stop it.

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  • Thelma
    Voted Yes
    03/14/2019
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    State murder is still murder. If we cannot be 100% certain of someone’s guilt, their death must not be an option.

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  • Max
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    The death penalty has no place in civilization!

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  • LeanneCSarco
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Lousiana is still enslaving people of color for money. The state imprisons more people per capita than any other state or country in the world, with one out of every 86 adults behind bars. Its rate of incarceration is three times higher than Iran's and 10 times higher than Germany's. How did Louisiana double its prison population in the past 20 years? And what differentiates it from other states? The difference, says Times-Picayune reporter Cindy Chang, is that more than half of the inmates in the state are housed in local prisons run by sheriffs, and the state's correction system has created financial incentives for those sheriffs to keep prisons full. And African Americans are 91% more likely to be imprisoned! The Louisiana Prison system is a disgrace. The cell block has replaced the auction block. We are infamously and disrespectfuly the Prison capital of the World. And as for this racist system the death pentaly can be seen as ethinic cleansing. I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people.

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  • Michael
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    Congratulations Governor Newsome, you just gave the greenlight to all criminals who murder men, women, and yes children! The reason you have over 700 on death row, is because you never fullfilled the voters wishes. So now what, ask the taxpayers for more money to build more "gyms" for them to work out in? It's no wonder why more and more are moving out of the state than in it. Its a cesspool of illegals, crime, lust, greed, where the rich "buy" their way out of trouble and "pay" for which laws they'll follow. Satan's favorite state just got better for him.

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