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Gov. Newsom will halt executions in California

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

QuoteI 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.

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