On 13 March 2019 the Governor of California Gavin Newsom signed an executive order establishing a moratorium on executions, repealing the state’s lethal injection protocol and ordering the closing of the execution chamber at San Quentin prison.
With 737 people under sentence of death, California remains the US state with the biggest death row population in the country. The announcement of a moratorium on executions was met with mixed reactions, as well as vocal opposition from crime victims’ families.
Since the death penalty was re-enacted in 1977, the US state of California has executed 13 men, all between 21 April 1992 and 17 January 2006.
Show your support to Governor Newsom for the moratorium announcement, but also to encourage him to commute all existing death sentences and support the state to abolish the death penalty once and for all.