California's Governor Halts Executions

Death Penalty Syringe

On Wednesday, citing data that shows the death penalty disproportionately affects people of color and persons with mental illnesses, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that no executions would take place on his watch. It has been over a decade since the last execution in California, but over 700 inmates remain on the state's death row, the largest of such in the Western Hemisphere. Governor Newsom's order gives an indefinite reprieve to those inmates, and also withdraws the state's lethal injection protocol and instructs officials to close the execution chamber. California is the sixth state where the governor has called for a moratorium on executions.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement welcoming the governor's moratorium on the death penalty. Click here to read the statement.

March 15, 2019 - 1:35pm
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