Kim Kardashian praises California death penalty ban

Kim Kardashian praises California death penalty ban

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) death row list, 737 inmates are being granting temporary reprieves through this executive order, which is the largest in the nation.

Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., will sign an executive order Wednesday placing an indefinite moratorium on capital punishment.

"The death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian", Newsom will say, according to prepared remarks from his office.

There are now 737 people on death row in California, making it the state with the largest death row population in the US -one in four people sentenced to the death penalty in the country are sentenced in California.

In the U.S., the death penalty is inevitably plagued with arbitrariness, racial disparities, and error; 164 people, including four from California, have been released from death row since 1973 after being later found innocent. "It has provided no public safety benefit or value as a deterrent". That is powerfully demonstrated by their approval of Proposition 66 in 2016 to ensure the death penalty is implemented, and their rejection of measures to end the death penalty in 2016 and 2006, said Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, in a statement late Tuesday. California voters even voted to fast-track death sentence appeals.

The Golden State has the largest death row in the United States, with some 737 inmates now residing there.

"We commend California Governor Gavin Newsom on this common-sense step. I visited prisons, met with formerly incarcerated people, and helped with cases of individual injustice - including two death penalty cases", Kim tweeted.

Newsom added, however, that he won't tolerate Trump continuing his attacks on California. As with so many other issues - climate change, abortion, taxes - there is a wide gulf on how states approach capital punishment.

Newsom followed the lead of the governors of Colorado, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, who also recently announced moratoriums on capital punishment, as well as Washington State's Supreme Court, which banned the practice previous year. And he's shuttering the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison that has never been used.

"The moral leadership the governor is showing puts us in line with other countries and other states in terms of abolishing the death penalty", she said. Richard Allen Davis was later sentenced to death for kidnapping, raping and murdering her.

Newsom said his views on the death penalty were first shaped 40 years ago when he learned of his grandfather's and father's advocacy for a wrongfully convicted man. Though voters in 2016 narrowly approved a ballot measure to speed up the punishment, no condemned inmate faced imminent execution.

Despite recent polling indicating that support for the death penalty is at its lowest level since the early 1970s, Newsom's order still bucks the will of most California residents.

But Newsom's action will anger death penalty proponents.

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