Gov. Newsom to Sign Executive Order Stopping State’s Death Penalty for Now
In a bold stroke meant to keep California at the cutting edge of criminal justice, Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on the death penalty in the Golden State. The policy will serve as an instant reprieve for the 737 people on death row in California, which has the largest death row population in the nation. The Democrat's order will immediately close the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison and withdraw California's lethal injection protocol. The order will not alter any current conviction or sentence, or lead to the release of any prisoner currently on death row.